"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," his agent's statement read.
WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon said Piper was “one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved my millions of fans around the world.”
In 2005, Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He also had a career in acting and starred in many movies from the late 1970s until this year, including They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtown.
Piper was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2006. Last year, he told the Hilsboro Tribune that the “cancer is gone as far as I know.”
Several people associated with WWE reacted to Piper's death on Twitter on Friday.
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