One of the most popular wrestlers, The Ultimate Warrior, passed away only days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was 54. The WWE confirmed the sad news on their website on Tuesday, April 8.
"WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior's family, friends and fans," read the statement.
As reported by TMZ, Warrior collapsed at a hotel in Arizona at 5:50 P.M. on Tuesday when he and his wife were walking to their car. In addition to his wife Dana, he is survived by their two daughters.
Fellow wrestling stars took to Twitter to pay tribute upon learning Warrior's passing. "RIP WARRIOR. only love," Hulk Hogan wrote. "Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters," Triple H added. Curtis Axel also wrote, "Shocked and very saddened to hear about Ultimate Warrior passing. Prayers go out to his family! RIP. Loss for words..."
Warrior, whose real name is James Hellwig, started his career with WWE in 1987. He defeated Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become a WWE champion. He was added to WWE Hall of Fame on April 5 and made an appearance on "Monday Night Raw".
"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own," he said during his speech. "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers - by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the mad did live forever." Pointing at fans, he added, "You, you, you, you, you are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior."