DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Roddy Piper (aged 61)
Canadian professional wrestler and actor
Roderick George Toombs (April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015), better known by his ring name “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, was a Canadian professional wrestler and actor.
DEATH: On July 31, 2015, Piper died in his sleep at the age of 61 at his home in Hollywood, California. His death certificate cites a cardiopulmonary arrest caused by hypertension, listing a pulmonary embolism as a contributing factor; TMZ reported this as a heart attack caused by the embolism. Bruce Prichard said on his podcast that he received a voicemail from Piper the night of his death. In the message, Piper indicated that he had not been feeling well and that he would be going to sleep it off.
Piper was cremated and his ashes were scattered over his home in Gaston, Oregon.