World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestler James Hellwig known to many wrestling fans around the world as Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54. He was last seen on Monday Night Raw just yesterday after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and appearing at Wrestlemania 30.
Hellwig collapsed while he was walking to his car along side his wife when they were leaving an Arizona hotel Tuesday around 5:50pm. Emergency medical technicians arrived at the scene and transported him and pronounced dead at the hospital.
Triple HÂ had tweeted, “Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters.”Â Stephanie McMahonÂ also tweeted, “
#RIPUltimateWarriorÂ Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family.”
An official message from the WWE was posted this evening which read,Â “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 Warriorâ€™s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.”
View the appearance from yesterday in which Hellwig had the opportunity to address the audience in New Orleans, LA below.