Rowdy Roddy Piper Passes Away Today at Age 61!

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Sad news today as another old school wrestling legend has passed away. According to the NYDailyNews, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper has passed at the age of 61. Get more details on this below and share your thoughts with us after the JUMP!

(Source: NYDailyNews.com)

Legendary wrestling champion “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61, World Wrestling Entertainment has confirmed.

The WWE Hall of Famer passed away in his Hollywood, Calif. home of natural causes, TMZ reported.

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006 but last fall said that he was cancer free.

His monumental career highlights include Intercontinental Champion, World Tag Team Champion, WCW U.S. Champion and his 2005 induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in Los Angles.

It also includes acting in a number of Hollywood films and TV shows, his most successful film having been the 1988 Sci-Fi cult classic, “They Live,” directed by John Carpenter.

Piper’s own Cinderella Story began at the age of 15 when he took on Larry “The Axe” Hennig but spectacularly lost in just 10 seconds’ time.

Not one to stay down, the destined fighter went from rings in Winnipeg to battling within the NWA, the world’s oldest wrestling organization, in the 1970s

When he started his WWE career in 1984 he was regarded as “one of the most-hated villains ever to step between the ropes,” according to the organization.

His son, Colt Toombs, expressed his heartbreak on Twitter shortly after news broke on Friday of his sudden death.

“My father @R_Roddy_Piper was a great man and my best friend I will miss him forever and will always try to be the man he raised me to be,” he wrote.

Former professional wrestlers Ric Flair watches from outside the ring as WWE Superstar Chris Jericho gets pummeled on the ropes by Piper in 2009.

HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 5: (L-R) Former professional wrestlers Ric Flair (seen outside the ring) looks on as WWE Superstar Chris Jericho gets pummeled on the ropes by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka look on during WrestleMania 25 at Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas.

Former professional wrestlers Ric Flair watches from outside the ring as WWE Superstar Chris Jericho gets pummeled on the ropes by Piper in 2009.

Piper’s sudden death comes only month after fellow former pro wrestler “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel died at the age of 53 at his home in Virginia.

Among those expressing their grievances over his loss is WWE CEO Vince McMahon who tweeted:

“Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”

Fellow Hall of Famers The Iron Sheik and Kevin Nash also tweeted out their condolences.

The Iron Sheik, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with Piper in 2005, tweeted: “Roddy Piper. I love you forever. God bless you Bubba,” The Iron Sheik tweeted.

“RIP to Roddy Piper. Prayers to his family and loved ones,” Kevin Nash also wrote.

Academy Award-winning film maker John Carpenter also expressed his heartbreak, tweeting: “I’m devastated by the passing of my friend Roddy Piper. Great wrestler, underrated actor, dear friend. Rest in peace, Rod.”

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. also tweeted: “The guy was a real entertainer. While he was often the villain, he had a gift to make you laugh and always enjoy the show. #RIPRoddy.”

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