There was some sad news in the sports entertainment world yesterday. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a famous former pro wrestler, passed away of a heart attack. Piper is not the first former wrestler to succumb to this fate, but his death does lead to questions about the safety of the methods many of these athletes used to gain their strength, and its long term effects. In the 70s and 80s it was extremely common for wrestlers and body builders to use steroids in order to increase their stamina, and artificially bolster their physique. In today’s sports entertainment, steroids have been completely banned due to their adverse effects, but many people who have taken these drugs in the past are now stuck with the sad realization that they may be a ticking time bomb. Over the past few years, many former wrestlers have died of heart attacks, all while they are in superb physical shape for their respective ages, and all without legitimate prior warning. The benefit that steroids seemingly brought many of these athletes in their youth is directly leading to their demise, and there seems to be no way to effectively prevent these terrible tragedies from occurring. I am saddened by the loss of Roddy Piper, even more so by the fact that he seemed to be in perfect health. I just hope that wrestling organizations will look at situations like this as a call to change. I would love to see the WWE and other companies improve their efforts to prevent steroid in future generations.