Roddy Piper Dies From Heart Attack At 61

WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper has passed away from a heart attack and was discovered around noon today in his Hollywood home. The 61 year old was believed to be sleeping at the time of death. Although the “Hotrod” was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, he has been cancer free for some time and that’s not believed to have been a factor.

“Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband,” reads a statement to TMZ. His manager also commented: “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 is widely regarded as one of the top heels and talkers in the history of the wrestling business, rising to success during the territory era and then jumping to the then WWF for Wrestlemania 1, where he made history teaming with Paul Orndorff to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

He was also one of the few stars of the 80s to branch out in to movies, starring in cult sci-fi classic They Live in 1988.

Roddy Piper is survived by his wife, 3 daughters, and son Colt who has done MMA and was also considering following in his father’s footsteps.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Vince McMahon told WWE.com:

“Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved my millions of fans around the world,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”

Hulk Hogan told TMZ:

“He was my best friend. He is a legend. God’s gain is our loss. May his family in this time of need, find peace. Much love forever, HH.”

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