This is so sad. WWE legend Dusty Rhodes, also known as ‘The American Dream’ has passed away at the age of 69.
WWE superstar Virgil Runnels, better known by his stage name Dusty Rhodes, sadly passed away at the age of 69 on June 11. “The American Dream” was one of the most influential wrestlers of all time, and the WWE is devastated by this loss.
The WWE confirmed the news of Dusty’s death. “WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues,” the organization told HollywoodLife.com in a statement. This is such a sad loss for the WWE community.
Emergency personnel arrived at Dusty’s house in the early morning on June 10, after getting a call that a 69-year-old male had fallen, TMZ reports. He was taken to the hospital, and eventually passed away with his family members by his side. The site also reports that the wrestler experienced “numerous complications” throughout the night before his death.
Dusty is survived by two sons who are also big names in the wrestling community, Goldust (Dustin) and Stardust (Cody), as well as daughters Teil and Kristin Runnels, and a wife, Michelle. He also had three grandchildren.
The wrestling superstar was a huge, well-known name in the WWE, and is one of only six wrestlers to be inducted into the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fames. He was the National Wrestling Alliance’s World Heavyweight Champion three times, and was known for his incredible mind in coming up with story lines, as well as his charismatic and heroic character in and out of the ring.
Our thoughts are with Virgil’s family during this difficult time.
— Alyssa Norwin