Legendary professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died on Thursday night at the age of 61. Reported by TMZ, he died from cardiac arrest on Thursday and was found in his home on Friday. The iconic wrestler that fans loved to hate was a huge part of the early years of the WWE fighting in early incarnations of Wrestlemania, including a boxing match against Mr T in Wrestlemania II.
Piper battled cancer in 2006 but told reporters that he was cancer free last November. Aside from wrestling, Piper was known for his acting roles in films like They Live and television shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and continued to work with the WWE up until 2014. He is survived by his wife, Kitty, and four children.
Roddy Pipper wasn't just an iconic wrestler, he was known for his skills on the microphone and had the ability to talk anyone under the table, especially during his segment "Piper's Pit." During one "Piper's Pit" segment, he smashed a coconut over the head of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, and it was one of the most iconic moments in professional wrestling.
Roddy Piper was a master of his craft and will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.