RIP ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper! Wrestling Legend, Dead at 61 (Report)

Posted on July 31, 2015

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WWE pro died of cardiac arrest, according to media account.

by John DA, editing by Adam MS

Wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at age 61, TMZ reports. Piper died of cardiac arrest in his Hollywood home, according to the website.

Piper (real name: Roderick George Toombs) rose to wrestling fame in the 1980s, and was admitted into the WWE Hal of Fame in 2005.

Piper was one of the wrestling league’s most popular villains, playing up Toombs’ Scottish heritage — he was actually born in Canada, though his character was billed as from Glasgow — with his signature kilt and the bagpipe music that would accompany him into the ring.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Toombs made his pro wrestling debut in Winnipeg at age 15, eventually making his way to America, where  he landed a gig with the American Wrestling Association, which ran from 1973 to 1975.

He later moved on to the National Wrestling Alliance before signing on with the WWE — at the time, the WWF — rising to iconic status.

Fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan told TMZ that Piper was his “best friend,” noting, “I will forever miss him.”

“He was my best friend. He is a legend,” Hogan said. The WWE has not yet responded to TAC’s request for comment.

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