WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61

FILE - In this April 2, 2005 file photo, Wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper gestures to the crowd after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at the Induction Ceremony in Universal City, Calif. The WWE said Piper died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was 61. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
FILE - In this April 2, 2005 file photo, Wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper gestures to the crowd after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at the Induction Ceremony in Universal City, Calif. The WWE said Piper died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was 61. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

NEW YORK, NY (AP) – “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61.

The WWE says Piper died Friday. It had no additional details.

Piper, born Roderick Toombs, was the second WWE Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes. Piper’s death also comes days after Hulk Hogan, his biggest rival for decades, was fired by the WWE. Hogan had used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape.

Piper and Hogan battled for years and headlined some of the biggest matches during the 1980s. Hogan and Mr. T defeated Piper and Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, at the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden.

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