Roddy Piper generated a wide range of reactions in his long, historic pro wrestling and entertainment career.
His tragic death today has only generated some more - mostly shock and sadness.
From his contemporaries and those he worked with in his prime:
RODDY PIPER. I LOVE YOU FOREVER. GOD BLESS YOU BUBBA— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) July 31, 2015
My main man. Always had my back. RIP #RoddyPiper pic.twitter.com/hlwY8BCVrj— Virgil (@TheRealVirgil) July 31, 2015
Completely devastated right now, as is everyone. We've lost two of the greatest of all time in a matter of weeks. 1st Dream & now Roddy.— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) July 31, 2015
RIP to Roddy Piper. Prayers to his family and loved ones.— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) July 31, 2015
Very very sad to hear of the passing of Roddy Piper. A true GREAT!! Always funny & smiling when I got to know him in #WWE - #RIPHotRod— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) July 31, 2015
Sorry to hear of the passing of my friend and Wrestlemania rival #RoddyPiper. One of the greatest who… https://t.co/WkGjYehXim— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) July 31, 2015
To those he worked with as a returning Legend, or who were only influenced by his work:
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
He was legendary, not just as a wrestler, but as a human being. #RIPRowdyRoddyPiper @R_Roddy_Piper— Lisa Marie Varon (@REALLiSAMARiE) July 31, 2015
Rest well Hot Rod, you truly lived larger than life.— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) July 31, 2015
No way. Not @R_Roddy_Piper :((( RIP. Two greats have left us. Terrible few months. Legend. pic.twitter.com/Fjy04N6JUg— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) July 31, 2015
Another legend gone :-( #RIPHotRod— WWE Sasha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) July 31, 2015
A huge part of my childhood has passed on. I'm devastated. Rest in peace Roddy Piper. It was an Honor to share a ring with you. #riproddy— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) July 31, 2015
Rest in peace, Piper. This sucks!— The Young Bucks (@NickJacksonYB) July 31, 2015
To behind the scenes folks and those of us who cover and love this crazy art form called pro wrestling:
Crushed to hear about Roddy Piper. Another irreplaceable genius and trendsetter. There will never be another. RIP pic.twitter.com/rVaHgCOcjE— Sam Roberts (@notsam) July 31, 2015
Shocked and heartbroken by the death of Roddy Piper...one of the most entertaining and popular wrestlers of all time....an iconic figure— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) July 31, 2015
Ah, fuck man. Piper? When I was a little boy, I cut up plaid shirts to wear as kilts. Such a highlight of my WWE career to work with him.— Alex Greenfield (@alexdgreenfield) July 31, 2015
Saddened to hear about the passing of @R_Roddy_Piper. He was a humble, good dude in my time knowing him. #Iconic— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) July 31, 2015
Man ... That is so incredibly sad. Not another ... https://t.co/nZ7XjUpJ69— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 31, 2015
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RIP Roddy Piper. An ass kicker to the end. pic.twitter.com/JMIhudx9la— El Rey Network (@Elreynetwork) July 31, 2015