Legendary WWE wrestler The Ultimate Warrior passed away suddenly on Tuesday evening. He was 54.
According to several reports, Warrior, real name James Hellwig, suddenly collapsed as he walked out of Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife. He was said to have clutched his chest before going down.
The cause of death is still not confirmed, but all signs point to the possibility that Warrior suffered a sudden, massive heart attack.
The WWE says in a statement that it is ‘shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever.’
‘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,’ the statement concluded.
Also, many WWE superstars, including Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Warrior’s greatest rival Hulk Hogan sent out condolence tweets on Tuesday, causing #RIPUltimateWarrior to trend worldwide.
The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Saturday night, and this past Monday he appeared on Monday Night Raw for the first time in years (below).
He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.