Legend WWE wrestler Dusty Rhodes has died at the age of 69 according to a Thursday, June 11 report from Yahoo News. Rhodes’ unexpected death has left the wrestling community and fan base shocked and saddened by his untimely passing.
TMZ reveals that law officials have revealed that emergency personnel responded to Dusty’s home in Orlando, FL at 5:56 AM Wednesday morning after getting a call reporting a 69-year-old male had taken a fall. Rhodes was transported to a nearby hospital … where he eventually passed away early Thursday morning.
Rhodes’ death was confirmed today by the World Wrestling Entertainment officials, who stated that Virgil Runnels, aka “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, has passed away at the age of 69. Dusty Rhodes, a WWE Hall of Famer was a three-time NWA Champion was described as one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in wrestling history. Entertaining wrestling fans for years Dusty was never more at home anywhere as he was in the ring.
The WWE released a statement saying “Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.”
It is a sad day in the world of wrestling, following the announcement of Rhodes’ passing pro wrestlers and fans began flocking to Twitter to share their condolences. Triple H was one of the first to respond to the news of Rhodes’ passing on Twitter posting, “Saddened to hear the passing of Dusty Rhodes. Legend, teacher, mentor, friend…Love you Dream #BookinAintEasyKid.”
Dusty Rhodes is survived by his four children,two sons which are also pro wrestlers, Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels). Rest In Peace Dusty Rhodes.