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‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Passes Away at 61

Roderick George Toombs, better known by the wrestling world as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, has passed away at 61, TMZ reports.

Piper is said to have passed away at his Hollywood home due to natural causes.

He was last publicly seen defending recently embattled Hulk Hogan for his controversially racist remarks. Piper was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2005, but said he was in remission in November 2014.

Piper spent a majority of his professional career as a premier heel, wrestling for the WCW and WWE—the biggest wrestling organization’s of his era. He was widely considered a major part of the industry’s Golden Age during the 1980s and early 90s.

He was inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

Known as one of very few men able to successfully pair a leather jacket with a Scottish kilt (and still look like a genuine badass, mind you), Piper’s legacy is revered by many. His “Rowdy” nickname will live on through Ronda Rousey, after he officially handed over his nickname to the dominant female MMA champion.

Many of the industry’s biggest names took to social media to pay their respects.



Piper is survived by his four children—one of whom is following in his father’s footsteps into the world of professional wrestling.

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