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Posted by inferiorego (25733 posts) - - Show Bio
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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.

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#2 Posted by meatwadf (671 posts) - - Show Bio

I like to imagine that when he gets to St. Peter, he tells him that he's there to kick ass and chew bubblegum.

*sniff* I'm really gonna miss this crazy bastard.

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#3 Posted by arkay74 (100 posts) - - Show Bio

One of my faves when I still watched wrestling in the late 80s/early 90s.

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#4 Posted by D9000 (1637 posts) - - Show Bio

:(

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#5 Posted by BR_Havoc (1756 posts) - - Show Bio

So sad, He was a legendary character and Hot Rod will forever live on in the memories of every wrestling fan.

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#6 Posted by Cloakx14 (9136 posts) - - Show Bio

R.i.P. Rowdy Piper

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#7 Edited by jayc1324 (26421 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP

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#8 Edited by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio
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#9 Edited by TheBlackHood (594 posts) - - Show Bio

Time to re-watch "They Live". "I'm giving you a choice. Either put on these glasses or start eating that trashcan!"

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#10 Posted by Jasoninthewoods (380 posts) - - Show Bio

My all time favourite back in the day.

So shocked by this news :(

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#11 Posted by Mark_Stephen (2616 posts) - - Show Bio

He was a great villain, his villainy made the early wwf what it was.

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#12 Posted by KritikalMassX (1510 posts) - - Show Bio
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RIP Piper. :(

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#13 Edited by comicace3 (12429 posts) - - Show Bio

This begs the question, how and why are wrestler dying at such a (relatively) young age? I mean 60's? C'mon man.

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#14 Posted by Prospero_Locke (1081 posts) - - Show Bio

My wife had to hug me and tell me this news. I'm deeply saddened by this.

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#15 Posted by FuzzyLittleRodent (2087 posts) - - Show Bio

@comicace3: Considering what they do to their bodies every day for many years it's actually very surprising that most of them live that long

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#16 Posted by Wilbertus (535 posts) - - Show Bio

I will ask the inevitable about the early deaths of so many professional wrestlers later.

Right now I'm just sad.

RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper. I absolutely loved his work, in wrestling, in movies and even in It's Always Sunny. His legend will always live on.

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#17 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio

what????

First Dusty now Rowdy!?!?

~MiB

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#18 Posted by Guardiandevil83 (9285 posts) - - Show Bio

But... Who's going to kick ass and chew bubblegum? This sucks!

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#19 Posted by Bl00dwerK (957 posts) - - Show Bio

Makes you feel old, doesn't it? R.I.P., Roddy...

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#20 Edited by black_wreath (13557 posts) - - Show Bio

"Just when they think they have the answers, I change the questions!"

Probably the greatest personality of the 80's and one of the greatest mic maestros of all time.

Definitely the biggest star in history to never wear the gold.

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#21 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn....

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#22 Edited by Rag_man (1378 posts) - - Show Bio

@bl00dwerk said:

Makes you feel old, doesn't it? R.I.P., Roddy...

Sad day indeed. Yeah feeling old when all your childhood icons are dying off these days. :(

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#23 Edited by deactivated-5bf70359d2dd1 (16596 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P

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#24 Posted by Donovan Montgomery (5752 posts) - - Show Bio

One of the masters of the mic and ring.

Standing ovation for the Hot Rod.

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#25 Edited by Dernman (25909 posts) - - Show Bio

aww man that sux

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#26 Posted by joshmightbe (27562 posts) - - Show Bio

This sucks, he was the best heel in wrestling, none of the chumps around today even hold a candle to the Rowdy one.

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#27 Posted by Heatblaze (10399 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP.

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RIP ya bastard

Now I need to assault a pacific islander with fruit

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#31 Posted by UltimatePower6 (609 posts) - - Show Bio

All out of bubblegum, a sad day indeed.

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#32 Posted by donmeca2020 (1420 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P to a legend.... it's a very sad day in wrestling.

I remember my dad taking me to see the WWF event in miami back when i was a kid. And rowdy was fighting macho man.

R.I.P

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#33 Posted by Darkmount1 (1535 posts) - - Show Bio

It should be mentioned in the article, Piper has a couple of comic book/toy connections: he was immortalized as a G.I. Joe figure in 2007, and voiced Bolphunga the Unrelenting in the 'Green Lantern: Emerald Knights' movie, in the segment that adapted Alan Moore's 'Why Mogo Doesn't Socialize' story.

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#34 Posted by NightFang3 (12361 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P

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#35 Posted by FearTheLiving (8837 posts) - - Show Bio

Not a fan of wrestling, nor am I particularly familiar with him, but sorry to hear about his passing. Rest in Peace.

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#36 Posted by Vendel (372 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn.

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#37 Posted by PeterParkerJr (6767 posts) - - Show Bio

Smh, this sucks. R.I.P. Hot Rod.

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#38 Posted by cdw101 (474 posts) - - Show Bio

Noooooooooooooooooooooooo...................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#39 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

One of my favourite wrestlers of all time, I remember seeing him when I was young and immediately loving him because he wore his kilt.

RIP Hot Rod

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#40 Posted by Guru_Crack (11568 posts) - - Show Bio

Another legend passes away.

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#41 Posted by DonFelipe (2334 posts) - - Show Bio

"Just when they think they have the answers, I change the questions!"

Good one! -- I gotta keep that in mind.

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#42 Posted by HeraldofGanthet (4461 posts) - - Show Bio

@prospero_locke:

My wife had to hug me and tell me this news. I'm deeply saddened by this.

You and me both, mon ami. We 80's kids need to stick together at a time like this.

@guardiandevil83:

But... Who's going to kick ass and chew bubblegum? This sucks!

Exactly. I just hope Ronda Rowsey isn't taken off her game tonight in her fight against Correia when she get wind of this news. She loved the guy, and personally asked him for permission to use his "Rowdy" moniker. First the Ultimate Warrior, now Piper. This just blows...

@kcomicfan:

What has this got to do with comic books?

its sad that he died but....

Because in its own way, Pro Wrestling IS a comi... Ahh, never mind.....

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#43 Posted by Super_SoldierXII (7661 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP Rowdy.

And kids ... steroids are bad.

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#44 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
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#45 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (8418 posts) - - Show Bio

Just watched They Live, it's always been on my 'must see' list, wished I had watched it ages ago.

RIP.

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#46 Edited by cattlebattle (17635 posts) - - Show Bio

The most Canadian sounding man on the planet...

You will be missed Hot Rod.

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#47 Posted by Super_SoldierXII (7661 posts) - - Show Bio

@super_soldierxii: That dude was to little to be on roids

Not really. Not all wrestlers train the same way (i.e bodybuilding), or take care of their diet (protein, protein and more protein with limited carbs etc. etc.). The other two important elements required to stack muscle mass (genetics are important as well to be sure).

Doesn't mean they're not juicing. Steroids give more energy, endurance, strength and keep you going. They can also supplement the "lazier" wrestlers who tend not to hit the gym as much.

Look at the various UFC fighters busted for roids. A lot of them were not "huge". Depends how you train. WWE wrestlers are notoriously riddled with injury and various pains. Pain killers, enhancers, drugs of all kinds ... leads to an unhealthy lifestyle and shortened life expectancy. So few from the heyday have lived to see 70 thus far.

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#48 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

@super_soldierxii: Yeah but Roddy hadn't been a wrestler for years, he properly retired around 2010\11

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#49 Posted by Super_SoldierXII (7661 posts) - - Show Bio

@super_soldierxii: Yeah but Roddy hadn't been a wrestler for years, he properly retired around 2010\11

No time limit. Pending the extent of the use, your body is damaged regardless whether you were using extensively 20 years ago, or today. The damage is done. It damages the heart long term. Among other issues ...

So if Roddy was abusing in the 80's and 90's, his life expectancy is reduced all the same. Body pays for it down the line ...

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#50 Posted by LVDBot1 (56 posts) - - Show Bio

A sad year to be a wrestling fan, 2 legends in one year and hopefully that's it.