WWE wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies at 61

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Professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, one of the most well-known World Wrestling Entertainment figures with an expansive career, died Thursday. He was 61.

"Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night," a statement from his representative, Jay Schachter, read. No further details on the cause of death were immediately disclosed.

"I am shocked and beyond devastated. He was an amazing man and a true friend. He was one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all," Schachter read.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. Taking advantage of his Scottish heritage, he was billed as a native of Glasgow, and he entered the ring in a kilt and accompanied by bagpipe music.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper through the years:

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WWE wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies at 61
Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali tries to prevent Rowdy Roddy Piper from entering the ring illegally during the WrestleMania event on Sunday, March 31, 1985 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Ali served as a referee for activities outside the ring. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)
Actor Mr. T carries Rowdy Roddy Piper on his shoulders during "Wrestlemania," a wrestling show, at New York's Madison Square Garden, March 31, 1985. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)
UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 30: French professional wrestler and actor Andre the Giant (1946 - 1993), in the ring as a special guest referee, looks on as Rowdy Roddy Piper adjusts his kilt before his match against Adrian Adonis on January 30, 1987 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
Legendary wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, right, greets fan Ariel Amimov of New York after Piper signed his new book "In the Pit with Piper" for him on Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at New York's Planet Hollywood restaurant. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Professional Wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper (Photo by Paul Andrew Hawthorne/WireImage)
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
Wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, left, gestures to the crowd as wrestler The Iron Sheik looks on after Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 2, 2005. The Iron Sheik was inducted earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, inductee (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
Mickey Rourke, second from left, star of "The Wrestler," poses with former pro wrestlers, from left, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus Beefcake at the premiere of the film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. (AP Photo)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 5: (L-R) Former professional wrestlers Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat and 'Rowdy Roddy Piper look on as Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka steps into the ring to battle WWE Superstar Chris Jericho during WrestleMania 25 at Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Olive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 31: 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper attends the WrestleMania 25th anniversary press conference at the Hard Rock Caf� on March 31, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
FILE - In this March 31, 2009 file photo, former professional wrestler Roddy Piper attends the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania press conference in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 in Northridge, Calif., former wrestling star Roddy "Rowdy" Piper films a scene for the Klondike Celebrity Challenge, a comedic contest where fans were able to determine what celebrities should do for a Klondike bar. In his challenge, Rowdy is going to prove he can still kick a**. For more information, and to watch his video challenge, visit Facebook.com/Klondike. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Invision for Klondike/AP Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Cast member Rowdy Roddy Piper attends the WWE screening of 'Legends' House' at Smith & Wollensky on April 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for WWE)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 30: Actor Roddy Piper attends the world premiere of 'The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?' at the Egyptian Theatre on April 30, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for TDOSLWH)
NOVI, MI - MAY 15: Rowdy Roddy Piper attends the Motor City Comic Con at Suburban Collection Showplace on May 15, 2015 in Novi, Michigan. (Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage)

In the main event at the inaugural WrestleMania, held in March 1985 at Madison Square Garden in New York, he and Paul Orndorff were defeated by Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

As an actor, Piper is perhaps best known for playing Nada -; a drifter who discovers through the use of sunglasses that the entire human race is being manipulated by aliens -; in John Carpenter's They Live (1988).

"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass ...; and I'm all out of bubble gum," he says in one memorable line.

Piper also appeared in two episodes of FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, playing a struggling -; and unstable -; wrestler called Da' Maniac. His most recent episode aired in 2013.

WWE chairman VinceMcMahon paid tribute to the wrestler shortly after the news broke.

"Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE," McMahon wrote on Twitter. "[B]eloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family."

"One of the true greats of all time," actor and wrestler John Cena wrote on Twitter after the news broke. "My heart goes out to his family and the fans he entertained over the years. RIP Rowdy."

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