NEWS: Professional-wrestling icon “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at 61.
Professional wrestling icon “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died after suffering a heart attack at his home in Hollywood, according to media reports. He was 61.
In a statement, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend’s agent, Jay Schacter, confirmed that Piper “passed peacefully in his sleep last night.”
“I am shocked and beyond devastated,” Schacter wrote. “He was an amazing man and a true friend. He was one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all.”
The wrestler, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, was treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006. It was unclear if his passing was related that bout with cancer.
“WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Toomb’s family, friends and fans,” the organization said in a statement on its website, noting that he was a WWE Hall of Famer and former Intercontinental Champion.
Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of the entertainment company, described Piper as “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,” he added.