WWE Hall of Famer Roderick George Toombs, a.k.a. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, passed away at his home in Hollywood today at the age of 61, according to TMZ Sports. According to the report, Piper died of natural causes.
Piper was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He was scheduled to wrestle at the Survivor Series that year, teaming with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodesagainst the Spirit Squad, however he was replaced in the match by Ron Simmons. He stated in an interview with The Hillsboro Tribune last November that he was now cancer free.
“The cancer is gone as far as I know,” Piper said. “I’ve passed the five-year mark. It’s one of those things that haunts you a little bit, especially when you go as hard as I did. I’m doing OK, but about a year ago, I was driving home and I couldn’t breathe and almost passed out. I was trying to ignore it, but I had a blood clot in my lung and spent some time in the hospital. I need to start being careful. I’m not sure we’re invincible anymore.”
Here is his entrance music:
There was a guy I enjoyed very much over the years………