Wrestling superstar Rowdy Roddy Piper has died at age 61.
Piper, real name Roderick “Roddy” George Toombs, was a staple of professional wrestling at its height in the 1980s. Piper often played the villain, or “heel” in wrestling terminology, in feuds with superstars like Hulk Hogan. He often hosted an in-ring talk show called “Piper’s Pit” which he used to call out and insult his opponents.
Born Canadian, Piper adopted a Scottish personality in the wrestling ring, speaking in a brogue and always wearing his signature kilt.
Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
He died of cardiac arrest in his sleep on the night of July 30, 2005.
WWE’s Vince McMahon issued a statement on Piper’s death: “Roddy Piper was 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.”
WWE has posted video of Rowdy Roddy Piper’s career retrospective from when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame: