WWE legend Dusty Rhodes has died, it was announced on Thursday.
The wrestling legend, whose real name is Virgil Runnels, died Thursday morning from complications resulting from a fall at his Orlando, Florida home the previous day. TMZ reports that the ‘American Dream’ was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, but died because of the ‘numerous complications’ caused by the fall.
News of his death was announced by WWE on their website, saying, ‘WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes — WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history — passed away today at the age of 69 … WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues.’
Dusty Rhodes was well known for his hilarious backstage interviews and his epic rivalry with Ric Flair. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
Other WWE superstars have been expressing their grief over his death on social media, including Flair, who tweeted, ‘My mentor @WWEDustyRhodes. Much love to your family and more respect than can ever be measured. Love you Dream.’
Dusty Rhodes has 4 children, including WWE superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels).