UPDATE: PIX11 in New York City recently interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund on the passing of his friend Roddy Piper. Below are some highlights.
His reaction to Piper’s passing: “Oh my god… totally devastated because Scott, this is the third in a row for me in the last six and a half weeks. First of course Verne Gagne, secondly a few weeks back we lost “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. This one hits hard like the other two, and all of the guys we’ve lost in recent years.”
On how he will remember Piper: “I think the one thing that’s going to be a big part of his legacy, he kind of sheltered his family from the business, at least until recently. He was a very good father. He had a son Colt and three daughters, and a lovely young lady by the name of Kitty, his wife and only wife. We hear about a lot of relationships going south in a big hurry but Roddy was very tight and loved his family dearly.”
– TMZ released a video of comedian Don Barris, who worked with Roddy Piper and recently appeared on his podcast Piper’s Pit, speaking about Piper. You can see Barris’ tribute of Piper below.
– Jim Ross wrote a piece on Piper for FOX Sports.
– ESPN published the following on Piper’s legacy.
ORIGINAL: The wrestling industry’s reaction to Roddy Piper’s death continues with some more posts on Twitter from CM Punk, Cyndi Lauper, Hideo Itami, Kevin Owens, and more.
I am so sad to tweet that my friend Roddy Piper passed away last night. He was really such a sweet man. My heart is with his family.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) July 31, 2015
One of the most mesmerizing and inspiring people I ever met in wrestling… RIP Mr. Piper. And thank you for this… pic.twitter.com/rn7YNyn3jr
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) July 31, 2015
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) August 1, 2015
One of the best, a Canadian entertainer, #HotRod will be missed. Your promos will forever be a patch on the quilt of my wrestling foundation
— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) August 1, 2015
— Hideo Itami / 伊丹英雄 (@HideoItami) August 1, 2015
When things were simple, he lit my way and gave me purpose. Meeting him was a thrill. His friendship was cherished.His death, heartbreaking.
— Coach (@CMPunk) August 1, 2015
Thanks Hotrod. Rest in Power. pic.twitter.com/OxHDblzMlM
— Coach (@CMPunk) August 1, 2015
— GOLDUST (@Goldust) August 1, 2015
Thank you @R_Roddy_Piper for a life well lived. Always so kind and humble and was an honor to be in the ring with you. Thank you Hot Rod.
— The Big Guy (@Ryback22) August 1, 2015
I'm absolutely devastated. My heart goes out to Roddy's family. RIP my friend. One of the best in every way! pic.twitter.com/hLakBF8sdC
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) July 31, 2015
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley posted the following pictures on his Facebook page in tribute to the late Roddy Piper, who sadly passed away yesterday due to heart failure.
I can't find the words to describe the sorrow in my heart upon learning the news of my dear friend, Roddy Piper, passing away. He was my closest friend in the business, a man that schooled me and guided me throughout my career. In fact, if it wasn't for Roddy Piper reaching out to help me, I'm sure I would've been a mere footnote in wrestling. He was always there for me. He was family to me, a brother who loved me and was there for me through my darkest days. He was the only wrestler to come visit me when I suffered a stroke in 2002. He totally made me at Wrestlemania 8 in our classic match. Passing a torch that many from that era couldn't conceive of doing. We always called each other "cuz" because we were so close. I loved you Roddy, and I'll miss you and your laugh for the rest of my days. I'm stunned and the hole in my heart will widen as it sinks in that I lost a brother of such great worth. What a tragic loss to all that knew him.