The WWE is today mourning the sad passing of a complete wrestling legend.
According to a statement from the company's official website, WWE legend Dusty Rhodes has sadly passed away today at the tender age of 69.
Rhodes - real name Virgil Runnels - was a WWE Hall of Famer who captivated the hearts and minds of millions during his time in the ring and will be remembered as one of the most charismatic figures in wrestling history.
Rhodes made his professional wrestling debut in 1968 as a tag-team partner with Dick Murdoch, forming the Texas Outlaws. The bleach-blond Texan was known for his incredible promos.
Rhodes was a three-time NWA Champion and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. Rhodes worked in pretty much every single major wrestling promotion in North America, with appearances in TNA and ECW to go along with his WWE and NWA stints.
'The American Dream' was voted Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Most Popular Wrestler of the Year three times and won their prestigious Match of the Year title twice during his career.
WWE star and leader of 'The Authority' Triple H broke the news of Rhodes' tragic passing on Twitter.
Runnels was father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels) and was still working in WWE recently, advising their up and coming stars in NXT.
Current NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks was one of the many who thanked Dusty for helping them so much.
GiveMeSport extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family and friends at this sad time.