The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent our advertisers

Friday, July 31, 2015

Wrestling Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies at Age 61

(CBS SF/AP) – “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61.

The WWE says Piper died Friday. It had no additional details.

Piper, born Roderick Toombs, was the second WWE Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes. Piper’s death also comes days after Hulk Hogan, his biggest rival for decades, was fired by the WWE. Hogan had used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape.

Piper and Hogan battled for years and headlined some of the biggest matches during the 1980s. Hogan and Mr. T defeated Piper and Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, at the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden.

He is survived by his wife and their 4 kids.



Anonymous said...

Let's not forget Piper's screen credits, among which is the cult sci-fi classic, "They Live".

Anonymous said...

I still miss his films, introduce by Gilbert Gottfired(sp?) He looked a lot bigger on screen.

Anonymous said...

As well as a recurring character on "Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia". He played a washed up drifter amateur pro wrestler. Pretty funny.

Anonymous said...

He had a very hard life. Damn this sucks.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Roddy.

Anonymous said...

I really liked him. Sorry to hear this.

Anonymous said...

Country singer Lynn Anderson also died today. She was famous for the song Rose Garden.