Roddy Piper

  • Died: July 30, 2015
  • Location: Hollywood, California

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WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the wrestling world icon, movie star, and podcast host has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 61. According to the TMZ, he died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his Hollywood home on Thursday night.

By DAN GELSTON, The Associated Press

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61.

The WWE said Friday that Piper had died. It had no additional details.

Piper, born Roderick Toombs, was the second WWE Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes. Piper's death also comes days after Hulk Hogan, his biggest rival for decades, was fired by the WWE. Hogan had used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape.

Piper and Hogan battled for years and headlined some of the biggest matches during the 1980s. Hogan and Mr. T defeated Piper and Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, at the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden.

Piper was a villain for the early portion of his career, once cracking a coconut over the skull of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. He later starred in the movie "They Live."

WWE chairman Vince McMahon says Piper "was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world."


Condolence & Memory Journal

Candle

I know your still missed today ! Down here on earth! Your at joy, peace with our Lord Jesus Christ and walking the streets of gold..singing with the angels! Seeing old friends ,family who is there today!

Posted by DIANN JIMERSON - Moss Point, MS - Friend   July 31, 2018

Candle

I am sure this is sad day for your family like regular families and y'all know he is he is with JESUS our Savior and in happy and good place , his body is in perfect body ,no pain...no tears...So, Lord JESUS take care of his family! <3>

Posted by D. JIMERSON - MOSS POINT, MS - friends with Jesus Christ   January 22, 2016

RoddyPipper maythe ood lord watch over and keep you in his tender loving care And play those bagpipes loud so everone knows that you on comeing up to seehem hot rod and when you get up there look dpown on your loving wife @grandkids

Posted by LourenaBarton - uniontown, PA - Westlering fan   August 04, 2015

Candle

You will be missed. R.I.P. You entertained many people. I watched you an my kid's watched you. Bless you and your family for sharing your life with us. As the bag pipes play to welcome you home, know we respect and love you always.

Posted by Joanna James - Fremont, IN - Fan   August 04, 2015

Candle

Heres a rose for you Roddy, you were great, wrestling, loved you in movies. You were a fun guy!! Rest in peace !!

Posted by Carol lane - Indianapolis, IN   August 03, 2015

He came here to chew bubble gum and kick A$$ And now He is all out of gum....
Rip Roddy Piper you will never be forgotten.....

Posted by Robert Wright - Cincinnati, OH - Fan   August 03, 2015

Candle

R.i.p. Piper! Always loved and forever remembered. Praying for "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and family

Posted by Tammy Brock - Jonesboro, AR - Fan   August 03, 2015

As a Canadian, I only watched Stampede Wrestling when I was growing up. However, I do recall seeing a few well known WWE stars wrestle once Stampede wrestling ended. Rowdy Roddy Piper really stood out and he was probably my favourite. Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Jake "the snake" Roberts also rated amongst my favourites. RIP Roddy.

Posted by Glenn Seamans - Calgary - Fan   August 03, 2015

Candle

RIP. Hot Rod

Posted by Michel campbell - La center wa, WA - Friend   August 03, 2015

r.i.p roddy.remember watching u 40 yrs ago

Posted by gail mims - eldon, MO - friend   August 01, 2015

Man i'm gonna miss ya....No other wrestler can come close to you...Sleep well..

Posted by Jim Smith - citrus springs, FL - friend   August 01, 2015

Candle

R.I.P. HOT ROD ROWDY PIPER...

Posted by Jon Zaremba - Sedalia, MO - met him once. he was a nice man   August 01, 2015

You will be missed by all your fans

Posted by Greg De martino - Port Huron, MI - Fan   August 01, 2015

R.I.P. HotRod you will be missed by a loyal fan, Heaven will have one Hell of a Battle Royal in that ring in the sky now, miss ya RRP

Posted by Michael "RED" Hammond - Pine Bluff, AR - Fan   August 01, 2015


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