WWE Star 'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes Dies at 69
By NBC News
Wrestling star "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes — whose real name is Virgil Runnels — died Thursday, Variety.com reported. He was 69.
The WWE said in a statement that it is "deeply saddened" by Runnels' death, and as a WWE Hall of Famer and three-time NWA Champion he was "one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history."
The cause of Rhodes' death was not released.
WWE Star Triple H first announced the news on Twitter.
Rhodes, who rose to stardom in the 1980s and 1990s, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
"WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels' family, friends and colleagues," the wrestling company said.
Other professional wrestling stars shared their memories Thursday of the Austin, Texas-born Runnels on social media.