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WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper has died

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“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 says Piper died Friday. 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.

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1 Comment

  • Ismael

    Roddy looked like a nice guy and I watched him wrestle many times. This is the price you pay when You work at an industry where steroids are the norm. The lord is fair and I expect to hear these fellows had heart attacks and died. The first one in jeopardy is Macguire then Bonds and lastly Sosa. They all made millions by cheating baseball and mainly the fans.