How heartbreaking. Just three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, the legendary wrestler, Ultimate Warrior, died on April 8 from unknown causes. He was just 54 years old.
One of the most iconic wrestlers in history, Ultimate Warrior (real name James Hellwig), has passed away. After making his first appearance on “Monday Night Raw” in years on April 7, the WWE legend collapsed outside of his Arizona hotel the next day, and later died after being transported to a nearby hospital, according to TMZ.
Ultimate Warrior: WWE Icon Dies At 54
Warrior’s death is an absolute heartbreaker, especially considering most wrestling fans had seen a lot of him in the past few days. He had just been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, and the next night he made a special appearance at WrestleMania XXX, all before his triumphant return to Raw.
Upon learning of his death, the WWE released a statement to HollywoodLife.com:
WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.
Warrior’s death is shocking and nothing short of tragic. He will always be remembered as one of the all-time greats in his sport. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.
— Andrew Gruttadaro