DEAD: Dusty Rhodes

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Dusty Rhodes (aged 69)
American professional wrestler

Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. (October 11, 1945 – June 11, 2015), better known as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, was an American professional wrestler, booker, and trainer who most notably worked for the National Wrestling Alliance, Jim Crockett Promotions, and the World Wrestling Federation, later known as the WWE. Following his retirement from wrestling, he made occasional on-air appearances on WWE television and pay-per-views and worked as a backstage booker and producer in WWE’s NXTdevelopmental territory. Billed as “the son of a plumber”, Rhodes did not have a typical wrestler’s physique; his character was that of the “Common Man”, known for the personality exhibited in his interviews. WWE chairman Vince McMahon remarked that no wrestler “personified the essence of charisma quite like Dusty Rhodes”.

DEATH: On June 10, 2015, paramedics responded to Rhodes’ home in Orlando, Florida, after getting a call reporting that he had fallen. They drove him to a nearby hospital, where he died the next day. Rhodes was cremated after his death, and his ashes were spread in November 2015 by his son Dustin on a ranch that Rhodes loved to visit.

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