WWE Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies At Age 61 From Cardiac Arrest

Roderick George Toombs, a.k.a. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
WWE Hall of Famer Roderick George Toombs, a.k.a. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, passed away at his home in Hollywood, CA at the age of 61, according to TMZ Sports. According to the report, Piper died from cardiac arrest in his sleep on Thursday [Jul 30] night. He was discovered on Friday [Jul 31].

Piper was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He was scheduled to wrestle at the Survivor Series that year, teaming with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodes against the Spirit Squad, however he was replaced in the match by Ron Simmons. He stated in an interview with The Hillsboro Tribune last November that he was now cancer free.

"The cancer is gone as far as I know," Piper said. "I've passed the five-year mark. It's one of those things that haunts you a little bit, especially when you go as hard as I did. I'm doing OK, but about a year ago, I was driving home and I couldn't breathe and almost passed out. I was trying to ignore it, but I had a blood clot in my lung and spent some time in the hospital. I need to start being careful. I'm not sure we're invincible anymore."

Piper is survived by his wife Kitty and their four children, including three daughters and a son Colt Toombs, a former mixed martial arts fighter.

WWE personalities — past and present — were quick to react on social media on Friday, some alluding also to the recent and sudden death of Dusty Rhodes, who died in June.


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