Wrestling icon “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (real name Roderick George Toombs) has died.
The prolific WWE wrestling superstar passed away due to a cardiac arrest in his sleep on Thursday night, according to TMZ Sports. He was 61 years old.
Piper made several appearances on WWE television up until 2014, and the notorious villain will go down as arguably the greatest heel there ever was. Piper was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, and perhaps his greatest achievement was his role in the first-ever WrestleMania in 1985, introducing pro-wrestling to the mainstream while he and Paul Orndorff battled Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event.
His legendary “Piper’s Pit” talk show was also one of the best segments in WWE history. He was a former Intercontinental champion, a tag team champion with Ric Flair, and also had stints both in WCW and TNA Wrestling.
Piper his survived by his wife and four children.
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