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‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper: Wrestler Dies Aged 61


The Hall of Famer feuded with Hulk Hogan for years and headlined some of the biggest matches of the 1980s.

Wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event at the first Wrestlemania, has died at the age of 61.

World Wrestling Entertainment said Piper died on Friday, although it revealed no more details.

Piper, who was born Roderick Toombs, is the second WWE Hall of Famer to die this summer, following the death in June of Dusty Rhodes.

His death also comes days after Hulk Hogan, his great rival, had his contract terminated by WWE.

Hogan had used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape.

Piper and Hogan feuded for years and headlined some of the biggest matches of the 1980s.

Hogan and Mr T beat Piper and Paul Orndorff in 1985 at the first Wrestlemania at Madison Square Garden in New York.

WWE chairman Vince McMahon said Piper was “one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE”.

Figures from the wrestling world have also paid tribute.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin wrote on Twitter: “I am shocked and saddened to hear of Roddy Piper’s passing. He was one of a kind and one of the all time greats.”

Paul “Triple H” Levesque said: “Saddened about the passing of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. He was truly a legend and icon, and will never be forgotten…”

Legendary Fantasy Author Sir Terry Pratchett dies aged 66

UK fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his publisher says

He sold over 85million books worldwide in 37 languages, and in 2011 announced his diagnosis with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), a rare variant of Alzheimer’s disease primarily affecting vision.

The writer is best known for his satirical fantasy novels set in Discworld, a flat planet resting on the back of four elephants, themselves perched on the back of a vast turtle moving through space.

Fantasy author: Sir Terry Pratchett (pictured) has died aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease

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Wikipedia Entry

Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015)[1] was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works.[3] He is best known for his Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Pratchett’s first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (The Colour of Magic) was published in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff was at the time of its release the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-audience novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days.[4]

Pratchett was the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s,[5][6] and has sold over 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages.[7][8] He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US.[9]

Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours.[10][11] In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children.[12][13] He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010.

In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he was suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.[14] He later made a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust,[15] and filmed a television programme chronicling his experiences with the disease for the BBC. Pratchett’s death at age 66 was announced by his publisher on 12 March 2015.[16]