Canadian wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper dead at 61

Dec 19 2017, 4:37 pm

The wrestling world lost an icon today, as Roderick “Roddy” George Toombs passed away at the age of 61 from cardiac arrest.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Toombs is best known for his Scottish-themed wrestling persona, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Toombs performed with the World Wrestling Federation, and then World Wrestling Entertainment, from 1984 until 1996, and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music.

Piper is considered amongst wrestling fans as one of the best villains, or “heels”, in wrestling history. He is also noted for his innovative Piper’s Pit segment, in which Toombs conducted interviews with fellow wrestlers while in character.

He passed away of natural causes in Hollywood, California on July 31. Toombs is survived by his wife, four children, and one grand child.