WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler Dusty Rhodes Dies at 69
Virgil Runnels, aka "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, wrestled for 40 years.
Hall of Fame wrestler Virgil Runnels, aka "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, died Thursday at the age of 69, the WWE announced. No cause of death was given.
Rhodes, one of wrestling's most charismatic figures, first entered the ring in 1968 and was active until 2007. During that time, he was a three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Rhodes played the underdog role of the "Common Man" and was known as much for his promo skills on the microphone as his wrestling moves.
Rhodes was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 by his two sons, Dustin and Cody, both of whom currently wrestle for the company.
WWE's executive vp talent, live events and creative, Triple H, broke the news on Twitter: