Former WWE Star Ultimate Warrior Passes Away at Age 54
WWE legend Ultimate Warrior (real name James Brian Hellwig) died Tuesday of unknown causes, only three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and appearing at WrestleMania 30 and on Monday Night RAW. He was just 54. WWE’s COO Triple H broke the news via his Twitter account:
According to TMZ “Ultimate Warrior collapsed outside an Arizona hotel at 5:50 PM on April 8th while walking to his car with his wife. Warrior was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.” Ultimate Warrior seemed in great health when he appeared at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony and on Monday Night RAW, so the news of his passing comes as a total shock.
WWE.com released a statement: “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 Ultimate Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.”
Ultimate Warrior made his WWE debut in 1987, and went on to have incredible fueds with Sergeant Slaughter, Ravishing Rick Rude, The Honky Tonk Man, Macho Man, and Hulk Hogan. At WrestleMania VI on April 1, 1990, Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan and became the first WWE wrestler to hold the Intercontinental Championship and WWE Championship at the same time.
Ultimate Warrior had recently signed a three-year contract as a WWE ambassador. The cause of his death is unknown at this time. He is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters.
Other WWE personalities expressed their condolences to his family: