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