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‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper: Wrestler Dies Aged 61

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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…”

Former WWE Star Ultimate Warrior Passes Away at Age 54

Wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior has died just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The 54-year-old made his emotional comeback at Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday night after an 18-year absence from the franchise.

He is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters and the cause of death is so far unknown.

In his final address to fans after Wrestlemania on Monday night RAW, the Warrior said:

‘No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own.

‘Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath.

‘And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers – by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honour him, and make the running the man did live forever.

‘I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.’

Warrior, born James Hellwig before legally changing his name in 1993, shot to prominence in the then-WWF back in 1990 when he defeated Hulk Hogan in one of the most iconic matches in wrestling history to be crowned the ‘Ultimate Champion’ – unifying the Intercontinental and heavyweight titles.

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WWE superstars of past and present flocked to social networks to pay their respects to the former champion after news of his death broke in the early hours of this morning.