The cause of death for the late WWE star Rowdy Roddy Piper was recently revealed, according to an Aug. 19 report at Ringside Results via TMZ. It was reported that Piper died due to a blood clot in his lungs which ultimately led to his heart attack. Piper had apparently suffered hypertension for many years which gave him chronic high blood pressure. He was just 61 years old at the time of death on July 31.
The Piper memorial service was just recently held and his daughter Falon Toombs was on hand at the Comedy Store along with others to pay tribute to her late father. Tombs told TMZ.com in their Aug. 18 report that the stories she heard of his wrestling days were new to her, as she’d been too young at the time of his “wrestling heyday” to hear about them.
Piper, a professional wrestler for 45 years, was a fan favorite who continued to appear in the WWE for various televised segments over the past decade. His popular in-ring show “Piper’s Pit” was brought onto WWE’s Monday Night Raw to help promote various feuds between superstars ahead of pay-per-views. Piper also competed at WWE’s WrestleMania XXV with two other legends, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in a 3-against-1 match versus Chris Jericho.
Piper’s death came over a month after the passing of another legend in pro wrestling, the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes had suffered from stomach cancer and his wife made a frantic 911 phone call on June 10 reporting he had fallen. Rhodes was taken to the hospital and passed away the next day. Both Rhodes and Piper were each given ten-bell salutes at various live events held by the WWE.