Although he survived a long battle with throat cancer caused by smoking cigarettes, Buddy Roberts died today at the age of 65, as announced by an article on WWE.com.
The article gives some background on Roberts career:
Roberts first made an impact on wrestling in the 1970s, working his way through the territories as one-half of a tag team called The Hollywood Blonds with Jerry Brown. The duo racked up championships across the United States before parting ways late in the decade.
As the 1980s began, so did The Fabulous Freebirds. The technically sound Roberts joined forces with the charismatic Michael "P.S." Hayes and the hard-hitting Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy, and Southern wrestling was never the same. The trio ran roughshod over the South before landing in Dallas and World Class Championship Wrestling.
Roberts retired in 1990 after stints in the AWA, UWF, WWF and another run in WCCW.
The Freebirds were big draws in their territory in their time and Roberts was one hell of a worker. No, you're not going to hear his name come up often when discussing the greatest of all time but he absolutely deserves accolades for his various accomplishments in the industry.
Rest in peace.