It’s been a terrible last few weeks for wrestling fans. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes passed away about a month or so ago. Then there was the recent drama regarding Hulk Hogan’s off-the-cuff racist comments which got him sacked from the WWE and any record of him wiped clean from their website. Now wrestling culture has taken another blow… the death of the kilt wearing man of madness Rowdy Roddy Piper.
The WWE Hall of Famer passed away in his Hollywood, Calif. home after suffering a heart attack in his sleep Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday, TMZ reported. Piper is survived by his wife, Kitty, and their four children.
Piper was an 80’s wrestling icon, known for beefing with Hulk Hogan and getting into all sort of crazy shenanigans in his mock interview sessions known as Pipers Pit. He was also one of the first wrestling to cross over and become a legit movie star, headlining John Carpenter’s They Live, Hell Comes to Frogtown, and a bunch of other low budget action films. Can’t forget his role as Da Maniac on Its Always Sunny, either.
While Hulk Hogan got a lot of praise and fame Roddy Piper was a great heel that elevated Hogan status by being the opposite of what the character of Hulk Hogan stood for. Unquestionably, “Hot Rod” was a key-performer during the 1980’s resurgence of Professional Wrestling. He was the true antithesis to the fake, “all-American” idols.
Among those also expressing their grievances over his loss was one of Piper’s most famous competitors, Hulk Hogan:
“Totally lost for words, RIP, Roddy one, and God bless your family, I love you my brother, only love HH,” he tweeted.
Academy Award-winning film maker John Carpenter also expressed his heartbreak, tweeting: “I’m devastated by the passing of my friend Roddy Piper. Great wrestler, underrated actor, dear friend. Rest in peace, Rod.”
WWE CEO Vince McMahon also released a statement on his passing, calling him “one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”
Piper will always be remembered for his contribution to wrestling, as well has having one of the coolest tough guy quotes of all time “I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum” [The Live]
Nerd Bastards extends our condolences to his friends, family, and fans.
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