STAMFORD, Conn. (April 9, 2014) — Professional wrestling star “The Ultimate Warrior” has died at the age of 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The company said in 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’s real name was James Hellwig, until he had it legally changed in 1993. He began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of its biggest stars of all time. Warrior became WWE Champion at Wrestlemania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in a highly-celebrated match.
The news of his death immediately resulted in messages being posted on social media, from other pro wrestlers as well as from fans.
A cause of death was not given, although TMZ is reporting he collapsed outside of a hotel in Arizona. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.