Just weeks after the death of one WWE Hall of Famer, Dusty Rhodes, wrestling fans are dealing with the death of another legend. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61.
TMZ initially reported that Piper died around noon on Friday from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood, California. The report now says that he died from cardiac arrest in his sleep on Thursday night and was found unresponsive on Friday.
Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free. A family source told TMZ he was “cancer free” at the time of his death.
Piper was largely known as one of the greatest heels in all of professional wrestling, popularized by his ability to talk and his intensity inside and outside of the ring. His “Piper’s Pit” segments were among the most popular in-ring segments ever produced, often helping propel other stars in the process.
His last full involvement with WWE, outside of a few appearances here and there, was as a cast of WWE Legends’ House, where he was primarily focused on as the main character.
Piper is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids—including three daughters and son Colton who’s pursuing a career in professional wrestling.