The Roddy Piper Twitter trend was number one on the popular social networking platform after news broke of the wrestling legend’s death on Friday.
The Inquisitr reports that Piper died in his sleep from cardiac arrest, leaving colleagues, wrestling stars, and wrestling fans reeling from a year that has included the death of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and the shocking racist remarks of Hulk Hogan.
The news is particularly surprising since Piper even issued a comment this week on the Hogan scandal, telling TMZ that fans should give Hogan a break.
According to the official Roddy Piper Twitter account, he was even set to appear on the Earl Skakel podcast on the day he died. In fact, Skakel was one of the first to issue a tweet on the surreal experience of having such a close friend unexpectedly die.
— Earl Skakel (@EarlSkakel) July 31, 2015
It didn’t take long for many personalities in the wrestling world (and the horror movie world), who’ve worked with Piper in the past, to also weigh in.
Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Roddy Piper.A good friend to me.No one sent chills up my spine like him when…
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) July 31, 2015
RIP to my good friend @R_Roddy_Piper you made our world a better place with your kindness and generosity. God bless you and your family.
— Justin Credible (@PJPOLACO) July 31, 2015
— Lilian Garcia (@LilianGarcia) July 31, 2015
I’m devastated by the passing of my friend Roddy Piper. Great wrestler, underrated actor, dear friend. Rest in peace, Rod.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) July 31, 2015
Just heard my friend and a huge influence on me Hot Rod-Roddy Piper has passed away. Rest well friend, you will be missed. #lifeWellLived
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) July 31, 2015
RIP to Roddy Piper. Prayers to his family and loved ones.
— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) July 31, 2015
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) July 31, 2015
Incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Roddy Piper. He was a one of a kind. Our family had so… https://t.co/8fE0fuxwIv
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) July 31, 2015
RODDY PIPER. I LOVE YOU FOREVER. GOD BLESS YOU BUBBA
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) July 31, 2015
RIP Roddy Piper. THE most Rowdy of characters, of all time. He was very good to me… Condolences to his family. #RIPRoddy
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) July 31, 2015
Complete shock to hear about Rowdy Roddy Piper. Thank you for so many great memories. you will be missed. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/Ug3lTQg5BH
— Devon Dudley (@TestifyDevon) July 31, 2015
Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear the sudden, tragic passing of WWE HOF’er “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. This one really hurts. RIP Hot Rod.
— Robby The Brain™ (@RobbyTheBrain) July 31, 2015
One of the true greats of all time. My heart goes out to his family and the fans he entertained over the years. RIP Rowdy.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) July 31, 2015
One of the most mesmerizing and inspiring people I ever met in wrestling… RIP Mr. Piper. And thank you for this… pic.twitter.com/rn7YNyn3jr
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) July 31, 2015
And wrestling fans, here’s a bit of the master at work in his prime.
Recently, Piper was also in the news for a skirmish he was having with another WWE legend, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, whom he blamed for getting a show removed from PodcastOne.
Austin has yet to respond to Piper’s passing, but we will update when he does.
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