LOS ANGELES — “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a pillar of professional wrestling in its 1980s heyday, who always wore a kilt into the ring because of his Scottish heritage, has died, TMZ reported Friday. He was 61.
Piper, a Canadian whose real name is Roderick George Toombs, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was declared cancer-free late last year. TMZ said he died of natural causes.
Mashable‘s messages and emails left with listed representatives for Piper were not immediately returned Friday.
Intense, brash and loud but affable, quick-witted and always willing to indulge fans with handshakes and autographs, Piper was a mainstay of the WWF (which would eventually become the WWE) at the height of its popularity, and was always a fan favorite despite his usual “villain” mantle. Though he was from Canada he was billed as coming from Glasgow, Scotland, and during matches would often fly into a “Scottish rage.” Read more…