WWE wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies at 61

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
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)
Professional Wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper (Photo by Paul Andrew Hawthorne/WireImage)
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, inductee (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
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)
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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