Wrestling Legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Dies Aged 61

Wrestling Legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Dies Aged 61
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07/31/2015 AT 07:00 PM EDT

Wrestling legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61, PEOPLE can confirm.

The WWE star suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Hollywood, California on Thursday night.

Piper's representative Jay Schachter tells PEOPLE in a statement: "Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night. I am shocked and beyond devastated. He was an Icon, a legend, an amazing man and a true friend.

"He was one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all."



Variety reports that in 2006, the wrestler battled Hodgkins Lymphoma and in November last year was certified cancer-free.

Filmmaker John Carpenter – who directed Piper in the movie They Live – lead the tributes on Friday.

"Devastated to hear the news of my friend Roddy Piper’s passing today. He was a great wrestler, a masterful entertainer and a good friend," Carpenter wrote.
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