WWE legend Roddy Piper passed away at the age of 61, according to a July 31 report from TMZ. Piper, one of the most popular characters in WWE history, died from cardiac arrest in his sleep.
He had a sudden cardiac arrest on July 30 in his Hollywood home, and was found dead the following day. Piper, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, was cancer-free at the time of his passing, according to the TMZ report. The WWE legend apparently beat cancer by last November, and it had nothing to do with his death.
Piper died from cardiac arrest. Obviously, cardiac arrest at such a young age would lead to questions about drugs and steroid use. However, no one should speculate until an autopsy is done.
So far, the only confirmed news is that Piped died from cardiac arrest. Any reports of steroid or drug use are just speculation at this point. Here’s what we do know: News of Piper’s death spread quickly on social media, and it affected millions of people.
Fans, media members and former WWE superstars were all struck by the tragic passing of one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all-time. Piper, real name Roderick Toombs, leaves behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. He is a WWE Hall of Fame member, as well as a former WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Piper, who is survived by his wife and four kids, was a fan favorite even during his run as a heel. He’s perhaps best known for his work in the first ever Wrestlemania, where he collided with Hulk Hogan.
By the time he was done with his pro wrestling career, he had notched close to three dozen championships. While Piper was never a WWE Heavyweight Champion, he was a favorite among his fans and peers.