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The WWE lost one of their most well-known legends on Friday, when “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died of a heart attack at the age of 61.
Roderick Toombs was in his Hollywood, California home when he suffered the heart attack. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was one of the organization’s biggest stars during the 1980s and early 90s, and he has made many in-ring appearances over the last couple of years as well. He and Paul Orndorff took on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event of first ever WrestleMania back in 1985.
While speaking about Piper’s passing, WWE CEO Vince McMahon said, “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.”
Here’s a Tweet from Piper’s son:
My father @R_Roddy_Piper was a great man and my best friend I will miss him forever and will alway try to be the man he raised me to be
— Colt Toombs (@ColtToombs) July 31, 2015
Roderick Tombs is survived by his wife, Kitty, and their three daughters and one son.