The wrestling world lost an all-time great Thursday night. Roderick George Toombs, better known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Hot Rod,” died in his sleep at the age of 61.
Piper never won a world championship, but he still was one of the most influential wrestlers in history. The World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer gave fans many iconic moments both in the ring and in his “Piper’s Pit” segments. He also was an actor, appearing in movies such as “They Live.”
When word of his passing became public Friday, many wrestling superstars — both past and present — shared their memories of the legend.
Triple H (@TripleH) July 31, 2015
Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) July 31, 2015
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Roddy Piper's passing. He was one of a kind and one of the all time greats. #prowrestling—
Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) July 31, 2015
Totally lost for words,RIP,Roddy one,and God bless your family,I love you my brother,only love HH—
Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) August 01, 2015
One of the true greats of all time. My heart goes out to his family and the fans he entertained over the years. RIP Rowdy.—
John Cena (@JohnCena) July 31, 2015
Sad to hear about Roddy Piper.He once worked 91 nights w/out a day off.WWE wouldn't be what it is today w/out him.Wonderful athlete & friend—
Jesse Ventura (@GovJVentura) July 31, 2015
Piper will be missed.
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