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Rowdy Roddy Piper Passes Away

Rowdy Roddy Piper has died, aged 61.

The wrestling legend passed away in his sleep last night, according to his agent Jay Schacter.

Born Roderick George Toombs in Saskatoon, Canada, Piper established himself as one of wrestling’s greats during his long rivalry with Hulk Hogan. The two battled at WrestleMania 1, alongside Mr T.

Though he was a major star throughout his initial run in the WWF, he only ever held one championship; becoming Intercontinental champion in early 1992, Piper held it until WrestleMania 8, dropping it to Bret Hart in a classic.

He left the WWF afterwards, returning two years later as a referee in the main event of WrestleMania X before working with Jerry Lawler over the next few months. After another hiatus, he again returned for a WrestleMania program with Goldust, which he won before signing with rival WCW.

He spent the next four years in Atlanta feuding with, among others, old rival Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage and Bret Hart.

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Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Piper made sporadic appearances for the company over the next several years.

In late 2006, Piper announced he had been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. He announced last year that he had successfully beat the disease.

Piper is survived by his wife Kitty and his four children.

 

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