The Comedy Store revealed Tuesday there will be a private memorial held for “Rowdy” Roddy Piper Aug. 17. The WWE Hall of Famer died July 31 unexpectedly, and the wrestling community has been mourning his passing.
In addition to event details below, Piper’s daughter asks for a moment of silence in remembrance of her father. It reads as followed:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2015
Private Roddy Piper Memorial at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, Planned for August 17, 2015
Organizer and Roddy Piper friend, comic Steve Simeone said of the event “The Comedy Store is the adopted home of so many ‘comic orphans’ and Roddy became like a dad or big brother to all of us. He became family. I wanted to have a get together where we could get up and share our favorite stories about this incredible man who we all love and will miss greatly. This is a night for Roddy’s friends to celebrate what a great friend he was to all of us.”
Roddy Piper’s daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs had this to say about the memorial, “I know a lot of friends who will appreciate something like this in L.A., especially because the funeral will be up in Oregon and a lot of folks won’t be able to make that trip. It means a lot that Steve and the Comedy Store family are putting this together.” Pro-wrestling & Mixed Martial Arts agent, producer and longtime friend of Piper, Rick Bassman commented, “Roddy’s sudden death has hit all in the pro-wrestling and fight world pretty hard. I’m very grateful that the Comedy Store is doing this for our friend, and we intend to go the distance to insure that Roddy is remembered in a manner which would make him proud.” Helping to organize this send off is Mitch Ackerman, Roddy’s best friend who remarked, “I appreciate all the love and support from all the friends and fans of Roddy’s. Other than Madison Square Garden I don’t think there is a more appropriate place to have this memorial than at the Comedy Store”
The Toombs family invites the worldwide public who can’t attend Roderick George Toombs’ private funeral or memorial to a moment of silence, planned for the same day and time as Piper’s private funeral, August 11th at 10:30 am PST.
Details here: j.mp/RoddyPiper_MomentOfSilence
A fitting farewell for a great man.