WWE legend Dusty Rhodes dies at 69
Wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes died Thursday morning. He was 69.
The pro wrestler, whose real name was Virgil Runnels was famously known as "The American Dream." The cause of death is unknown.
"Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit.," the WWE told FOX411 in a statement. "Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father...a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended."
The wrestler was known for his polka dot tights and was indicted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
Fellow wrestler Triple H wrote on Twitter of Rhodes’ death, “Saddened to hear the passing of Dusty Rhodes. Legend, teacher, mentor, friend...Love you Dream.”
Rhodes is survived by his two sons who also became wrestlers Dusten "Goldust" Runnels and Cody "Stardust" Runnels.