Family, Stars Pay Tribute to Wrestling Icon ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

Rowdy’ Roddy Piper’s son Colt Toombs has paid tribute to his dad following his death on Thursday (30.07.15) from cardiac arrest.

The wrestling icon passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Hollywood home on Thursday (30.07.15) and his son has honoured him with a post in which he described him as his “best friend”.

He wrote on Twitter: “My father @R_Roddy_Piper was a great man and my best friend I will miss him forever and will alway try to be the man he raised me to be (sic).”

As well as Colt, Roddy – who also had kids Ariel, Anastacia and Falon – has been praised by numerous famous faces who have released statements mourning the star.

Fellow wrestler Zack Ryder, 30, tweeted: “RIP “Rowdy” Roddy Piper…I’ll never forgot you smashing a coconut over my head at WrestleMania XXVII (sic).”

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon also shared an emotional message, insisting he will go down in history.

He said: “Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE… beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”

And Mr T. wrote: “RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper! What a competitor?! I was honored to be your opponent in the first Wrestlemania. Bless you my brother. (sic)”

Hulk Hogan, who faced Roddy – who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 – in several matches during the 1980s also sent his condolences to his family, calling him a “legend”.

He told TMZ: “I will forever miss him. He was my best friend. He is a legend.

“God’s gain is our loss. May his family in this time of need, find peace. Much love forever.”

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