Roddy Piper passes away at 61

TMZ reports that WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has passed away at the age of 61, from natural causes at his home in Hollywood.

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but last November he said he was cancer free.

Our condolences go out to Piper’s family.

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7 Responses to “Roddy Piper passes away at 61”

  1. He was the reason I became a pro wrestling fan.

  2. toni nicholson July 31, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    So sorry for this news of PIPER my condolences to his family and friends and fans. He was a great man in and out of the squared circle RIP PIPER!

  3. Roddy was a CAC life member and for years was a regular at the reunions, his close friend and father image was Gene LeBell their friendship was as strong as any father and son could be, Gene called me with the news shortly after he talked to his family a great talent and if you were counted among his friends a very giving man of his time and friendship.I miss the semi annual calls and “hows the boys and club doing hope to make it back next year”. Roddy will be missed and has left a voit in the talent side of the business, some may be as good but none were better then Hot Rod on the mic

  4. James J. Dillon August 2, 2015 at 8:06 am

    After the recent loss of Dusty Rhodes followed by Buddy Landel … the loss of Roddy Piper really hit me hard. I first met Roddy in 1973 in the Canadian Maritimes. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. We hear the terms legend and icon often used, but Roddy exemplified the true meaning of an iconic legend. He had so much talent and during his career he was an innovator of our profession. Roddy loved to be challenged and the word fear was not in his vocabulary. Yet, Roddy had a gentle side. When I would see him the first topic of conversation was always our respective families as we exchanged recent family photos. I loved you my friend and I will miss you … may you forever RIP.

  5. We’re losing way too many legends lately. It’s saddens me. RIP Hot Rod. You have passed but you will forever live in the hearts of your fans and family.

  6. Roddy Piper was in my Holy Trinity of favorite pro wrestlers – him, Flair, and Bruno, in any order depending on my mood.

    I got a chance to tell him that years ago when he was signing his autobiography at a bookstore. He was actually fairly soft-spoken and seemed a little embarrassed when I was complimenting him. The one thing I always remembered about that was watching him as everyone went through the line to get his autograph at the table he was sitting at. When a man came up to him, he would stand up, ask him his name, and shake his hand. When a woman came up, he would stand up, take off his hat, ask her her name, and shake her hand. Every single time! It was really cool to watch, and it showed me how good a person at heart he genuinely was.

    RIP, Hot Rod.

  7. A family source tells us he was “cancer free” at the time of his death. A family member tells us, “Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper.