Wrestling legend and very early Beat crush Roddy Piper is not dead — although it was erroneously reported by some news sources this morning when someone with a similar name passed away. It was also reported that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but that has also been retracted.
Piper, 55, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006, has been advised by his doctors to take some time off. He finished radiation treatment in 2007 and the disease is considered 90 percent treatable when caught early.
Whatever Piper’s current medical status, let’s all let him hear what we would say if he wasn’t here: he’s simply one of the most entertaining wrestlers of all times, an aphorism spouting legend, a heel who influenced the stick work of everyone who came after, a bad boy you love to love, and a B-movie actor of range and legendary campiness whose opus is worthy of a retrospective all its own. Rowdy Roddy is carved into the Rushmore of Nerd Icons, and has done more cool shit in his life than most of us will ever imagine.