Posted June 11th, 2015 by 1Wrestling News Team

Wrestling lost one of the all time greats today with the passing of Dusty Rhodes. He was one of the biggest box office attractions of all time and had as much, if not more, influence behind the scenes as a booker and creative force.

There’s no word at this time as to a cause of death, but many people have noted that Rhodes seemed to have lost a significant amount of weight in the past year.

WWE released a statement regarding Rhodes’ death:

“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.

Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.

WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues.”

TNA also issued a statement:

“We at TNA are saddened by the news of the passing of a legend, Virgil Runnels, known to the world as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes has passed away at the age of 69. Dusty was with TNA from 2003 to 2005 and brought many laughs, a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to our company. Our condolences go out to Dusty’s entire family. RIP, Dusty Rhodes.”

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