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#ThankYouDusty: Dusty Rhodes (1945 - 2015)

Dusty Rhodes at his WWE Hall of Fame induction in 2007
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WWE Hall of Famer and three-time NWA World Champion "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes passed away on Thursday, June 11 (early morning of June 12 in Manila). The cause of death is currently unknown. He was 69.

Born Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., "The American Dream" is well-known for his common man, "son of a plumber" gimmick. He had epic battles with "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair and Harley Race in the NWA, then wore polka dot outfits in the WWE.

In the NWA, Dusty was also a former United States Champion, Television Champion, two-time World Tag Team Champion, two-time Six-Man Tag Team Champion, and three-time Television Champion.

He is the father of professional wrestlers Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Cody Rhodes/Stardust (Cody Runnels).

Cody Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes, and Goldust at Battleground 2013
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He was also a former booker in Jim Crockett Promotions (which later became WCW), booker and on-screen Director of Authority in TNA, and head writer and commissioner for NXT. In 2007, Rhodes was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

His last TV appearance in the WWE was in February 2015, when he attempted to mend the ties between his sons Goldust and Stardust, who were feuding at the time.

Rhodes was actively part of the WWE until his passing, working as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

Smark Henry expresses its sincere condolences to the Runnels family.

Wrestling fans across generations will always remember the man and the legend that was Dusty Rhodes.


WWE.com first reported on this story. Photo from WWE.com and Imgur.

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