Famed WWE legend turned actor, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, died this week from what is being concluded as natural causes in his Hollywood home. The news was confirmed on Friday afternoon, the actor was 61.
Rowdy Roddy was born with the name Roderick George Toombs, he first started wrestling professionally with the WWE back in 1984. Before Toombs joined with the WWE, he was wrestling with the NWA, which jumpstarted his pro-career.
Piper was a legend in the WWE, battling titans like Hulk Hogan through some of the series’ most popular events. Piper even took place in the very first WrestleMania in a tag-team match between Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” vs Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
After his wrestling career came to an end, Piper began appearing in film and television series. Piper also continued to do interviews with popular radio stations and podcasts well after he retired from the ring.
Piper appeared in John Carpenter’s sci-fi film “They Live” and appeared several times in the popular FX series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” as “The Maniac.”
Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. In his personal life Piper suffered from Hodgkins Lymphoma, it was just last November that he was declared cancer-free. Piper is survived by his wife and their four children.
The family posted the following message on Piper’s official Facebook page stating, “Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper. Please respect our family’s privacy during this difficult period.”