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Legendary wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 61.

Born Roderick George Toombs, the veteran became a WWE sensation back in the 1980’s, wrestling against big acts such as Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

According to reports, Roddy suffered a heart attack while he was sleeping in his home on Thursday evening, and was discovered on Friday.

TMZ reports:

Roddy’s rep tells us, “I am devastated at this news. Rod was a good friend as well as a client and one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all.”

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free. A family source tells us he was “cancer free” at the time of his death.

Roddy Piper is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 children, which includes 3 daughters and 1 son, who is also following in his father’s footsteps and pursuing wrestling.

We pray for Roddy’s family during this devastating time. Rest in peace.

SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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