Cody Rhodes, the WWE champion who won his belt over the long, hard struggle of a lifetime, has died at the age of 69, WWE announced on Thursday.
“Cody Rhodes passed away on Thursday, January 9, at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City after a battle with lung cancer,” a statement from WWE said.
“We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.”
The statement did not give details about what caused the cancer, saying the cause of death was not yet known.
Rhodes had been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in February 2016 and underwent surgery in June that year.
He was a two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and had fought for the WWE Championship three times, including against Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker.
Rhodes also fought in the WWE Ring of Honor, a developmental company.
The WWE announced a memorial service for Rhodes in September and asked that fans remember him as “the toughest guy on the planet” and “the greatest wrestler of all time.”