‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dead at 61, Rappers React
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a renowned World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler, has passed away. He was 61.
According to TMZ Sports, Piper, whose real name Roderick George Toombs, died from cardiac arrest while in his sleep at his Los Angeles home on Thursday (July 30). Piper’s agent, Jay Schachter, confirmed the sad news to Entertainment Weekly. Piper was also diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006, although he announced last November that his cancer was remission.
Piper was one of the biggest superstars in the WWE during the '80s, having fought fellow wrestling icons Hulk Hogan and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. He would later parlay his career into film and television, starring in such cult classic flicks like John Carpenter's horror movie, They Live.
In 2005, Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, which includes Hulk Hogan, Bret “Hit Man” Hart and The Iron Sheik.
WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon remembered Piper in a statement released to the media. He wrote:
“Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”
Several rappers including Bodega Bamz, Killer Mike and Big Boi, who are big wrestling fans, also went on Twitter to mourn the passing of the beloved wrestler who is probably one of the most entertaining villains in the wrestling world. You can read some of their tweets below.
We send our deepest condolences to Roddy Piper's family and friends. He will be truly missed. May he rest eternally in peace.