Wrestling Icon Dusty Rhodes Dead At 69

Dusty Rhodes

Professional wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes, known as "The American Dream," died Thursday (June 11) at the age of 69, the WWE announced.

Details, however, were unknown at press time.

Rhodes made his pro-wrestling debut in 1968 as a member of tag team, the Texas Outlaws with Dick Murdoch. The charismatic, bleach-blond Texan was known for his on-camera self-promotion.

Throughout his career, he wrestled for almost every major promotion. He was a three-time champion of the NWA and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

"Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit," the WWE said Thursday in a statement. "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."

His sons, Dustin and Cody Runnels, still wrestle for WWE.

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