“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Dies: Pro Wrestling Icon & Veteran Actor Was 61

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a wrestler and actor who was one of the kings of the squared circle during the WWF’s go-go days in the 1980s, died overnight at his home in Hollywood. He was 61. His agent Jay Schachter told Deadline that Piper, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007 but said last year that he was cancer-free.

“I am shocked and beyond devastated,” Schachter said. “He was an amazing man and a true friend, one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all.”

Los Angeles' Days Of The Dead ConventionPiper had been wrestling professionally for a decade when he joined the then-World Wrestling Federation full time in 1984, just as it was catching fire in pop culture. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, he was billed as a bad guy from Glasgow, Scotland —…

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