WWE Hall of Famer and all round wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes has passed away at the age of 69.
No cause of death has been announced as of yet, but WWE.com broke the news with the following statement:
WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes — WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history — passed away today at the age of 69.
Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit.
Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.
WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues.
The social media sphere is already blowing up with shocked responses and messages of condolences from fans and wrestling alumni alike.
— Triple H (@TripleH) June 11, 2015
Rhodes has been back under the WWE umbrella since 2005, mostly working on the creative team. In recent years he was the creative director for NXT and also helped out at the Performance Center in Orlando.
Our thoughts are with the American Dream’s family and friends.