Dusty Rhodes has died at the age of 69.
His death was announced by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on Thursday in an official statement.
“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.”
Dusty Rhodes, his real name Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., began his wrestling career in the late 1960’s. He soon earned a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Texan Rhodes had won plenty of world titles.
Vince McMahon reacted to the news on Twitter, saying that today is “A sad day for WWE. One of the most innovative, charismatic Superstars of all time, Dusty Rhodes, passed away. We loved him.”
Fellow wrestler Triple H also lamented the loss, saying how saddened he is to hear the passing of a “Legend, teacher, mentor, friend…”
Several more wrestlers have taken to Twitter to mourn the passing of the “American Dream.”
— John Cena (@JohnCena) June 11, 2015
I just heard that Dusty Rhodes has passed away…I'm stunned & heartbroken! I'm so sorry…prayers to Dustin, Cody & the rest of the family.
— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) June 11, 2015
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) June 11, 2015
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 11, 2015