WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes dead at 69

dusty rhodesPro wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes (real name Virgil Runnels) has passed away at age 69 due to apparent kidney failure. “The American Dream” is survived by his wife and four children, including Dustin and and Cody Runnels (aka WWE superstars Gold and Stardust).

The WWE has issued the following 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.

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.

Check out Dusty’s WWE Hall of Fame highlight video below:

R.I.P. to one of the all-time greats.