WWE legend Dusty Rhodes passes away

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WWE Legend and Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes has sadly passed away at the age of 69.

It is with regret to inform that WWE legend and Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes has passed away at the age of 69.

Rhodes, father of WWE star's Goldust and Cody Rhodes, now going by the alias of Stardust, was a former NWA World Champion and a key figure behind the scenes at WWE and NXT.

WWE.com released 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."

Throughout his career, Rhodes was billed as 'the son of a plumber' and portrayed as an ordinary working American man, which won him the hearts the wrestling fans all over the world. After a long and successful career as an in-ring competitor, which saw Rhodes win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the United States Championship, the Television and World Tag Team Championships, he then worked behind the scenes.

Rhodes would become a booker at WCW and later head writer at TNA before returning to WWE and having similar responsibilities in NXT. Wrestling was in his blood and a lot of stars credit Dusty with being one of the greatest minds to ever work in the industry.

All of our thoughts are with the Runnels family during this tough time.

R.I.P The American Dream