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Dusty Rhodes Dead At 69

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WWE announced on Thursday that Dusty Rhodes has died at the age of 69.

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Details regarding Rhodes' passing are currently unavailable with the only known fact being that he died today (Thursday, June 11, 2015).

Dot com issued 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.

Triple H broke the news on his verified Twitter account shortly before 2 PM EDT:

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Rhodes, known as "The American Dream," was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 and had been working as a booker and producer down in WWE NXT. He appeared on the February 16, 2015 episode of Monday Night Raw, where he was inserted into a program between Goldust and Stardust.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of Dusty Rhodes.

Many names from the wrestling business have taken to Twitter to share their reactions to the horribly tragic news:

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">@WWEDustyRhodes - He was an amazing person with an amazing mind! He made #NXT so great!

— WWE Murphy (@WWE_Murphy)

So saddened by the passing of the #AmericanDream@WWEDustyRhodes - He was an amazing person with an amazing mind! He made #NXT so great!

— WWE Murphy (@WWE_Murphy) June 11, 2015

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">@WWE LEGEND #DustyRhodes Who Helped So many Including myself 2Live A "Dream" God Bless the Family.

— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE)

Very saddening 2hear of the Passing of @WWE LEGEND #DustyRhodes Who Helped So many Including myself 2Live A "Dream" God Bless the Family.

— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) June 11, 2015

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">@WWEDustyRhodes Im going to miss u so much. My mentor & my biggest advocate... Words can't express how I feel. Just Thank you.

— Enzo Amore (@WWEAaLLday21) June 11, 2015

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">@WWEDustyRhodes he has been an amazing mentor to me, and was an unbelievable person to be around

— Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbinWWE)

I'm speechless hearing about the passing of @WWEDustyRhodes he has been an amazing mentor to me, and was an unbelievable person to be around

— Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbinWWE) June 11, 2015

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">@WWEDustyRhodes ... #RIPDustyRhodes

— Sylvester Lefort (@SylvesterWWE) June 11, 2015

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— Jason Ayers (@JasonAyersWWE)

Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Dusty Rhodes. Honored to have had the pleasure of learning from him at @WWENXT#ThankYouDream

— Jason Ayers (@JasonAyersWWE) June 11, 2015

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">@WWEDustyRhodes was an amazing coach and we will all miss him so much . RIP Dream

— Alexa Bliss (@AlexaBliss_WWE)

My heart is breaking for the Rhodes family . @WWEDustyRhodes was an amazing coach and we will all miss him so much . RIP Dream 💙

— Alexa Bliss (@AlexaBliss_WWE) June 11, 2015

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— nodaysoff D-Young (@DarrenYoungWWE)

Extremely heavy heart over the loss of an absolute legend and one of the best talkers in the business. @WWEDustyRhodes

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">@WWEDustyRhodes! He was one in a million! Truly the most special human being! #WWE

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