WWE Super Star Roddy Piper Has Passed Away At The Age Of 61
|WWE Super Star Roddy Piper Has Passed Away At The Age Of 61|
The Canadian star's agent confirmed his death in a statement.
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 match ups including MTV’s “The War to Settle the Score” and the first Wrestle Mania, where Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff took on Hogan and Mr. T.
Piper had suffered a bout of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was reportedly deemed cancer-free
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.
"Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved my millions of fans around the world," WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon said in a statement. "I extend my deepest condolences to his family."
Comedian Earl Skakel was supposed to host Piper on his podcast, Inappropriate Earl, on Friday afternoon. The wrestler had joked on Facebook on Thursday that the interview would be "everything except normal."
Skakel told Reports that the wrestler, who had last appeared on his show two months ago, did not show up and that his wife texted him to say he was unable to make it
#RIP to one of the kindest people I've ever met @R_Roddy_Piper You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/b1FAuRj2dd— The Comedy Store (@TheComedyStore) July 31, 2015