When news broke Friday of the passing of ex-WWE superstar Roddy Piper, fans across the globe realized that the wrestling world (and, really, just the world) had lost an icon. Roddy embodied much of what it meant to be a great WWF/WWE personality, and it was fitting to see the tributes pour in from everyone from the now-notorious Hulk Hogan to beloved UFC star "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey

On Saturday, another wrestling great expressed just what it meant to have Roddy Piper in his life.

Bret Hart—the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be—took to Facebook to tell the world how he felt hearing the news about his dear friend's passing:

I can't find the words to describe the sorrow in my heart upon learning the news of my dear friend, Roddy Piper, passing away. He was my closest friend in the business, a man that schooled me and guided me throughout my career. In fact, if it wasn't for Roddy Piper reaching out to help me, I'm sure I would've been a mere footnote in wrestling. He was always there for me. He was family to me, a brother who loved me and was there for me through my darkest days. He was the only wrestler to come visit me when I suffered a stroke in 2002. He totally made me at Wrestlemania 8 in our classic match. Passing a torch that many from that era couldn't conceive of doing. We always called each other "cuz" because we were so close. I loved you Roddy, and I'll miss you and your laugh for the rest of my days. I'm stunned and the hole in my heart will widen as it sinks in that I lost a brother of such great worth. What a tragic loss to all that knew him.
 

I can't find the words to describe the sorrow in my heart upon learning the news of my dear friend, Roddy Piper, passing away. He was my closest friend in the business, a man that schooled me and guided me throughout my career. In fact, if it wasn't for Roddy Piper reaching out to help me, I'm sure I would've been a mere footnote in wrestling. He was always there for me. He was family to me, a brother who loved me and was there for me through my darkest days. He was the only wrestler to come visit me when I suffered a stroke in 2002. He totally made me at Wrestlemania 8 in our classic match. Passing a torch that many from that era couldn't conceive of doing. We always called each other "cuz" because we were so close. I loved you Roddy, and I'll miss you and your laugh for the rest of my days. I'm stunned and the hole in my heart will widen as it sinks in that I lost a brother of such great worth. What a tragic loss to all that knew him.

A photo posted by Bret (@brethitmanhart) on Aug 1, 2015 at 12:08am PDT

Bret Hart certainly isn't alone in his sadness. If you're not familiar with Piper's work, do yourself a favor and read our man Khal's piece from Friday about the legendary wrestler. Or just watch the cult hit They Live.

Better yet—do both. We'll wait.

 

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