Some very sad news to start the weekend with. It seems Wrestling legend and cult film star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper has passed away at the age of 61, following an apparent heart attack.
Piper was a wrestling icon -- one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the '80s, and even wrestled in "Wrestlemania I" back in 1985 ... squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
However, horror and sci-fi fans probably best knew him from his roles in cult movies, such as "Sci-Fighters", "Jungleground" and the campy "Hell Comes to Frogtown".
But it was his role in John Carpenters 1988 sci-fi/horror "They Live" that he is probably best remembered for, which saw him taking on a group of aliens that had infiltrated society, that only he could see through a pair of special sunglasses. Spawning the infamous line "I Have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum".
Speaking to BBC news, director, John Carpenter, said: "He was an under-rated actor and just a marvellous entertainer and I feel like I've just lost one of my close friends.".
Roddy is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids -- including 3 daughters and son Colton who's pursuing a career in professional wrestling.
He had recently completed filming scenes for the forthcoming film "The Chair", which is currently in post production. The following on-set interview, in which he talks to Girls N Corpses editor Robert Rhine is believed to be the last interview he gave prior to his death...
Read more on Roddy's official website at http://www.rowdyroddypiper.com/