Der Wrestling-Star „Rowdy“ Roddy Piper died of cardiac arrest yesterday, he was only 61 Years old. Gemäss einer Email des Agenten des Wrestling-Stars, Piper had peacefully passed away in his sleep. Er gehörte zu den ganz grossen Stars der Wrestling-Szene und wurde vor allem bekannt durch seine impulsive Art und charakteristischen Wutattacken, which he nicknamed the „Rowdy“ and „Hot Rod“ earned. He was also seen in its heyday in several films, so, for example, in John Carpenter's cult movie „They Live“ („She lives“).

Rest in peace, Rowdy Roddy Piper

„Rowdy“, der bürgerlich Roderick George Toombs hiess, was born in Canada, trat im Wrestlingring aber nach Vorbild seiner Vorfahren in der Rolle als heissblütiger Schotte mit Kilt und Dudelsackeinmarsch auf. In the eighties he became a wrestling legend and was even at the very first wrestling major event, „Wrestlemania I“, in the ring and was a major battle opponents of Hulk Hogan and actor Mr.. T. In den folgenden Jahren gehörte er neben Ikonen wie Hulk Hogan (61), Bret „The Hitman“ Hart, Randy Savage or the „Undertaker“ the absolute workhorses of the scene. 2005 he was even in the „WWE Hall Of Fame“ recorded. Roddy galt als einer der besten Redner und Bösewichte des Geschäfts, its mostly improvised monologues, Interview-Segmente und Sprüche sind unter Fans legendär.

He has his best-known film role in „She lives“ directed by John Carpenter and in the science fiction cult film „The Hunter – Ein erbarmungsloser Jäger“. He also appeared in the video game „Saints Row IV“ on, where he also himself synchronized. When Piper was 2006 found a cancer, wegen der er sich zunächst aus dem sport zurückziehen musste. Doch er besiegte den Krebs und kehrte zurück in den Ring. Last November, Piper said, yet it, that he is now cancer-free. „Rowdy“ Roddy Piper hinterlässt seine Frau Kitty, with which it has 1982 was married, and their four common children, drei Töchter und Sohn Colton, of how his father seeking a career in wrestling.

Schade Rowdy, Did you already go from us. Your debates were always geprägt von deiner impulsiven Art und genau diese waren es, which was able to set the tone in the dispassionate world in which we live. I have your role as a nameless drifter, discovered a ruling class of aliens, which can be seen only through special sunglasses, beloved. I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum! Take care Rowdy and let the gum up there not go out…

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