Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rowdy Roddy Piper dies at 61

Rowdy Roddy Piper died July 31, 2015. It was reported that he passed on in his sleep from a heart attack.

Born  Roderick George Toombs in Canada, he begain his professional wrestling career at 15. Throughout the 80s, although Piper was a "villain/heel" he had always managed to be a fan favorite. It has been said that Piper made a bigger impact on wrestling and WWE outside the ring with his colorful commentary Piper's Pit. WWE named Piper the greastest villain in wrestling history and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. Piper not only dealt with injuries as all professional wrestlers do, he also had a bout with cancer.  Roddy was involved in wrestlling on and off again just about until his death. 

While most will remember the professional wrestling WWE Hall of Famer as 'Hot Rod', he also acted in a slew of films and TV shows. My favorite and cult classic being the John Carpenter film THEY LIVE which Piper was the lead.

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