One of the most celebrated, beloved and legendary professional wrestlers of all-time has left us, as WWE.com is reporting that “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes passed away on Thursday at age 69.
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.
We’ll attempt to write them, but no amount of tributes and declarations of love will be enough. Father of current WWE Superstars Goldust and Stardust, The Dream spent decades holding championships around the country, including the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He’s a member of both the NWA and WWE Halls of Fame, and his mark will be left on every inch of the sport for as long as it decides to exist.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Runnels family, and to the entire WWE family and universe. We will all miss you, Dusty. All of us.