WWE Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies at 61

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WWE legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died after suffering a heart attack in his Hollywood home. He was 61.

Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper joined the WWE in 1984 after getting his start with the NWA in the late 1970s. He and Hulk Hogan met in landmark matchups including MTV’s “The War to Settle the Score” and the first WrestleMania, where Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff took on Hogan and Mr. T.

Piper’s agent Jay Schacter confirmed the news, first reported by TMZ, to Variety. “Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night,” Schacter said in an email. “I am shocked and beyond devastated.”

Piper had suffered a bout of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was reportedly deemed cancer-free last November.

“WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Toombs’ family, friends and fans,” WWE said in a statement.

WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon also extended his condolences in a statement. “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.”

The wrestler had also made a foray into film acting, starring in John Carpenter’s sci-fi pic “They Live.”

“Devastated to hear the news of my friend Roddy Piper’s passing today. He was a great wrestler, a masterful entertainer and a good friend,” Carpenter wrote on Facebook.

WWE stars and friends such as Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho and the Iron Sheik also shared their condolences on Twitter.

The wrestling icon was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He was named one of the WWE’s top 50 villains as well.

Piper is survived by his wife, Kitty, and their four children.

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  1. Eduardo Olmos says:

    R.I.P to all wrestlers and aouncers who have entertained us in a nice way threw the years. God bless all of you and thank you. The only one that I am not thanking is the murderer who kills his son and then his wife then hangs himself from his garage converted into a home gym. You know his name so I am not going to wright it. How many more wrestling legends have to pass away Vince mcman before you stop giving them steroids like if it were candy?

  2. Jason roders says:

    Their greatest entertainer that we will miss them that have lost this year Cody Ronald Ronnie Piper well be miss alot r.i.p ….from your fans

  3. JOSE says:

    I think that too much of these people had found a soon death in their life because all the stuff they take to be stronger, so in that way wwe and others should say sorry and apologizes to their families..

  4. Prem Robert says:

    Hi Scotti I do not know Roddy Do you remember Prem Robert I now live in Seattle

  5. Jeffrey Dunston says:

    Roddy Piper he’s the man a great wrestler. he will be missed.

  6. Jeffrey Dunston says:

    Roddy piper he is the man and a great wrestler. he will be missed. It

  7. Aru says:

    Wow, I just today added a TV Trope about They Live! one of my favorite movies ever. This is shocking and saddening, he beat cancer and died of a heart attack!? I suppose the good side is a peaceful passing, farewell Hot Rod.

  8. darlene rymarz says:

    years ago saw hot rod at his matches, spectacular!! iliked him best in his great movie “THEM” was hoping for them-2 but no.. too bad,he used to put on a great show..see u in heaven rod!!

  9. brenda says:

    You was one of a kind.my prayers goes out to your family.I was sadden to hear that you passed away.r.I.p.

  10. Caesar Alcaraz says:

    How far do I go back to remember Roddy Piper? His feuds with Chavo Guerro, and Piper`s Pit! RIP Roddy. GOD bless you and your family. You’re in a better place my man.

  11. Vik says:

    Fantastic guy, too. Met him at a showing of one of his last films called Pro Wrstlers vs Zombies.

  12. Robert says:

    A True Legend, will be missed. RIP RODDY RONNIE PIPER. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY!

  13. Daniel says:

    Rip Rowdy Piper u were truly one of the greatest Icons of the world.U will be missed by millions.
    My prayers go out to his FAMILY and all the other ones that left before him.

  14. ROBERT DONALDSON says:

    My condolences to Roddy pipers family we lost a good man and WWE wrestler .

  15. He joined the “WWF” not the “WWE”… Just sayin

  16. robin lajoie says:

    always anticipated his matches a top , top talent

  17. wartrod says:

    I actually had the distinct priveallege of meetn him when I was twelve years old by far one of fondest memories of my childhood he will be missed

  18. Lee Weston says:

    Rip hotrod rowdy roddy pipper you are a legand

  19. The legend rowdy roddy pipers passing is sad beyond words. A truly great man.God bless and thank you for all the great entertainment over the years.

  20. Kevin Prebushewski says:

    RIP Roddy Piper you were a unbelievable wrestler. The wrestling world lost a friend partner and foe but you were always there fighting for the little guy that was always being bullied

  21. David Skaggs says:

    I’ll really miss knowing he’s with us. He was awesome in “They Live!” and I always hoped they’d someday do a sequel to it with him. We were fortunate to meet him a few years back when our son was a baby and the Hot Rod picked him up, held him over his head and looking at him said, “what a beautiful angel sent down from heaven.” He was just the nicest, down-to-earth guy. We’ll pray that he rests in heavenly peace and his family finds comfort.

  22. Elsie Ganzon says:

    OUR LOVING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ♥ “Rowdy” Roddy Piper ♥ WE LOVE YOU

  23. donna sanchez says:

    prayers being sent out to.his family

  24. frank says:

    glad I gotto meet you prayers to the piper family rip

  25. Roddy says:

    So sad to hear about rrp a mont latter afer dusty dies my heart will got to his hole family and friends. Thank you rrp for your greatness in the past. #thankyourrp

  26. David says:

    Never really got to know the man until I watched him on WWE Legends House a couple of years ago. He lived with some serious demons so at least now he can rest in peace.

  27. nena kelley says:

    Im grief stricken my favorite rip piper

  28. kevin nudge says:

    omg this is crazy another hall of famer the hotrod rody piper passed away i loved him within my heart god bless you buddy my dearest friend and buddy rody rody piper you will be missed i cant believe this

  29. Q says:

    Another legend from the golden years of childhood gone. RIP

  30. Pastrami Flaps says:

    Hell Comes to Frogtown is another great Roddy Piper sci-fi flick.

  31. Alex says:

    “They Live” is the greatest sci-fi flick EVER! So long Mr Piper, thanks.

  32. dave says:

    I love/hate you Roddy. Grew up whatching the best wrestler/man ever in the ring. You will be severely missed my friend. God bless and Rest my friend. RIP.

  33. Mike....a longtime fan says:

    Miss you already, Rod. You’ll never be forgotten! Prayers and Love to your family.

  34. lrgvanman says:

    R.I.P. Roddy. I will watch “They Live!” in your honor!

  35. Cindy says:

    Rest In Paradice Bet its Beautiful There You Rocked The WWE <3

  36. charlesamiller says:

    A funny, funny guy with a great sense of humor and a big heart. RIP Roddy.

  37. josh g says:

    WITH A HEAVY HEART I SAY I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GREAT TIMES I HAD WATCHING HIM WRESTLE.GREAT ENTERTAINER INCLUDING HIS PODCAST.SUCH A LOSS.I ALWAYS PARTICULAR TO HEELS.LUV YA 4EVER PIPES.R.I.P :(

  38. Rena says:

    I remember Roddy Piper when i was young. I feel for his family. i just lost my dad April 24th 2015. Its a shame they wore so young. God be with us this this time of need.

  39. me says:

    It takes a damn moron to give the news to TMZ first

  40. Deborah carbone says:

    I have photoed Mr piper for years. He was one of the kindest we’ll man need gentlemen to work with. A small pice of my history of 33 years of photoing wrestling died again today. I will miss hI’m he always taught me find humor in all were all a little crazy……

  41. blazingfire says:

    NO! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO this can’t be real :(

  42. randy brandenburg says:

    long live THE PIPER….

  43. djpetemarriott says:

    Wow! He was a most entertaining performer in the ring and “They Live” is a true cult classic…

  44. ooonaughtykitty says:

    NOOOO!!!!! I just heard a podcast with him on Adam Carrolla. :(
    Very sad. RIP RRP. I’ll be sure to watch “They Live” this weekend.

    That interview with Adam Carrolla was really fun if anyone is interested… perhaps go his site or
    apple, and download it. Roddy was a very cool dude. :)

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