COPY-WWE Hall of Fame inductee Dusty Rhodes dies at age 69

The professional wrestler known to fans throughout the world as 'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes has died at the age of 69, according to a statement released by World Wrestling Entertainment.

Plenty of comments have flooded timelines on Twitter with messages of condolence and grief.

The WWE released the following official statement on Thursday:

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.

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