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Pro wrestler Roddy Piper dead at 61: report
.nydailynews. ^ | July 31, 2015, 6:18 PM

Posted on 07/31/2015 3:20:58 PM PDT by dennisw

Legendary wrestling champion Roddy Piper has reportedly died at the age of 61.

The WWE Hall of Famer died in his Hollywood, Calif. home of natural causes, TMZ reported.

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006 but last fall said that he was cancer free. Former professional wrestlers Ric Flair watches from outside the ring as WWE Superstar Chris Jericho gets pummeled on the ropes by Piper in 2009. Previous Next

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 5: (L-R) Former professional wrestlers Ric Flair (seen outside the ring) looks on as WWE Superstar Chris Jericho gets pummeled on the ropes by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka look on during WrestleMania 25 at Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Olive/Getty Images) Exported.;

Enlarge Bill Olive/Getty Images Former professional wrestlers Ric Flair watches from outside the ring as WWE Superstar Chris Jericho gets pummeled on the ropes by Piper in 2009.

His unexpected death comes only month after fellow former pro wrestler “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel died at the age of 53 at his home in Virginia.

The Iron Sheik, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with Piper in 2005, tweeted: “Roddy Piper. I love you forever. God bless you


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: obituary; piper; roddypiper; rowdyroddypiper; theylive; wrestling; wwe; wwf
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1 posted on 07/31/2015 3:20:58 PM PDT by dennisw
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Hulk Hogan might just be the last man standing, it seems.


2 posted on 07/31/2015 3:22:06 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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3 posted on 07/31/2015 3:22:16 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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Lynn Anderson also at 67. (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)


4 posted on 07/31/2015 3:22:20 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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5 posted on 07/31/2015 3:23:10 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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Wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61... TMZ Sports has learned.

Piper — born Roderick George Toombs — died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood at around noon Friday.

Piper was a wrestling icon — one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the ‘80s, and even wrestled in “Wrestlemania I” back in 1985 ... squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

Roddy’s rep tells us, “I am devastated at this news. Rod was a good friend as well as a client and one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all.”

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free. 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.”

Roddy was admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2005 and was one of the top 50 villains in the history of the WWE .

Piper had a long relationship with WWE — last wrestling back in 2008 ... but appeared on various WWE shows up until 2014.

Roddy is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids — including 3 daughters and son Colton who’s pursuing a career in professional wrestling.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/31/roddy-piper-dead-dies-wwe-wrestler-cancer/#ixzz3hViqf762


6 posted on 07/31/2015 3:24:29 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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That was a fun movie. The fight scene between Piper and Keith David was epic!


7 posted on 07/31/2015 3:24:37 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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8 posted on 07/31/2015 3:24:52 PM PDT by EEGator
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Well, he only came to this earth to do two things: chew bubble gum, and kick ***. And he was all out of bubble gum.


9 posted on 07/31/2015 3:26:03 PM PDT by Boogieman
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Greatest movie line.

R.I.P. Roddy

10 posted on 07/31/2015 3:26:27 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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There’s a South Park episode where Timmy and Jimmy have a cripple fight, and it’s the same fight choreography.


11 posted on 07/31/2015 3:26:47 PM PDT by EEGator
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Yep, South Park parodied that fight scene in the “Cripple Fight” episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfgHVSvxZUA


12 posted on 07/31/2015 3:27:32 PM PDT by Boogieman
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The fight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9rrgJXfLns


13 posted on 07/31/2015 3:27:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Sad fact, most people just want a candidate to tell them what they want to hear)
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I imagine he was more famous for his acting role than his wrestling. I wonder how he felt about that?

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum.”


14 posted on 07/31/2015 3:27:49 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts It is happening again.)
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They live was a great movie wish it had a remake or sequel. RIP Roddy one of the best wrestling entertainers ever.


15 posted on 07/31/2015 3:29:19 PM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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He was younger than I am. That’s shocking. I saw him on an episode of Storage Wars and he looked real good. :(


16 posted on 07/31/2015 3:29:38 PM PDT by McGruff (Eat a snickers...)
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Man he was way too young.

Very sad, Piper was a decent guy. First time I met him was in a convenience store in West Charlotte. He was still wearing his kilt.
Only man I ever knew tough enough to wear a dress on the Westside of Charlotte.

Prayers for his family.

Before the flames, I know a Kilt is not a dress. It’s a joke...lighten up Francis! :)


17 posted on 07/31/2015 3:31:24 PM PDT by rikkir (You can lead a horde to knowledge but you can’t make them think. (TnkU ctdonath2))
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They Live...but Roddy doesn’t.


18 posted on 07/31/2015 3:31:36 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (DUmmie Skinner: Bought & Paid For By Hillary)
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he was a character


19 posted on 07/31/2015 3:32:00 PM PDT by GeronL
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R.I.P. Rowdy Roddy. “They Live” was a prophetic film. We’re living it today.


20 posted on 07/31/2015 3:34:21 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (This entire "administration" has been a series of Reischstag Fires. We know how that turned out!)
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