Der Wrestling-Star „Rowdy“ Roddy Piper died of cardiac arrest yesterday, he was only 61 Years old. According to an email the agent of Wrestling Stars, Piper had peacefully passed away in his sleep. He was one of the biggest stars of the wrestling scene and was especially known for his impulsive nature and characteristic 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“, the civil Roderick George Toombs was called, was born in Canada, entered in the wrestling ring, but along the lines of his ancestors in his role as hot-blooded Scotsman Kilt and bagpipes marched on. 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 the following years he was alongside icons like 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 was considered one of the best speakers and villains of Business, its mostly improvised monologues, Interview segments and sayings are legendary among fans.

He has his best-known film role in „She lives“ directed by John Carpenter and in the science fiction cult film „The Hunter – A merciless hunter“. He also appeared in the video game „Saints Row IV“ on, where he also himself synchronized. When Piper was 2006 found a cancer, for which he initially made to the sport had to withdraw. But he defeated cancer and returned to the ring. Last November, Piper said, yet it, that he is now cancer-free. „Rowdy“ Roddy Piper survived by his wife Kitty, with which it has 1982 was married, and their four common children, three daughters and son Colton, of how his father seeking a career in wrestling.

Schade Rowdy, Did you already go from us. Your debates were always marked by your impulsiveness and precisely these were, 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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