Rockerick Toombs, better known as ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, has died at the age of 61. TMZ reports that the Canadian-born pro wrestling legend passed away due to cardiac arrest on Thursday night in his Hollywood home.
Piper was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and was apparently still free of the disease when he died. Piper found international fame with the WWF in the early 1980s, jumped over to the WCW, returned to the retitled WWE and ultimately making appearances up until last year.
He’s also known for his big and small screen career with most notably the lead role in John Carpenter’s 1987 cult sci-fi classic “They Live” along with numerous direct to video fare including “Hell Comes To Frogtown” and “Jungleground”. He also appeared on shows like “The Outer Limits,” “Highlander: The Series” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.
Sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to all of Piper’s friends and family. Roddy was lucky enough to earn one of the most immortal movie lines and one of the most iconic fights of the 1980s. Here’s to you sir.