From Yahoo News:
The WWE announced on Thursday afternoon that professional wrestling legend Virgil Runnels, a.k.a. Dusty Rhodes, died earlier in the day. He was 69.
Rhodes is a WWE Hall of Famer and a three-time NWA Champion. Always one of the most distinctive and fascinating wrestlers, the man nicknamed The American Dream never failed to entertain and/or enrage every time he stepped into the ring. His career began in the 1970s and continued into the 90s.
Working at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport does have its benefits. One that I like is that I’ve had the opportunity to meet many professional wrestlers, both old and new school. One of the most humble and down to earth wrestlers that I ever crossed paths with is Mr. Runnels.
As great of a career and as big a superstar he is/was, he was one of the coolest people to talk with. I got to meet him when he was traveling to get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2007. We talked about his career and such as I was pretty awestruck just to be in his company. He told a few stories about things as well.
At no time did he give off an “I’m better than you” or “You’re beneath me” type vibe that you hear being attributed to famous people. As a fact, most of the old school wrestlers are all pretty mellow. I guess it’s because of the nature of the business and how they all had to bust their asses to get to the top.
He’ll be missed here on Earth, and he will join the Pantheon of great wrestlers in the beyond. Godspeed Dusty Rhodes, and my condolences and prayers are extended to your family. Thanks for taking the time to make a fan’s day just by engaging in idle chit-chat.