Wrestling star The Ultimate Warrior, died at the age of 54, three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., (NYSE: WWE) confirmed Tuesday night.
According to TMZ, The Ultimate Warrior, whose given name was James Hellwig, collapsed at a hotel in Arizona on Tuesday when he and his wife were walking to their car. He was then taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death has not been revealed.
"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," the Stamford, Conn.-based company said, on its website.
Hellwig started his career with WWE in 1987 and defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI in 1990 to become the WWE champion. He was added to the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5 and made an appearance on "Monday Night Raw.” He is survived by his wife, Dana, and daughters, Indiana and Mattigan.
"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own," Hellwig said in his last 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."
Check out the video of his last speech here:
Here are some tweets from wrestlers expressing their respect for The Ultimate Warrior:
RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014
So happy I embraced Warrior with a hug when we saw each other backstage Saturday night.My heart goes out to his family.Always Believe.
— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) April 9, 2014
After all these years I finally got 2 tell him that me shaking the ropes was an homage 2 him. Blessed to have had that moment. #onelife
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) April 9, 2014
Tomorrow is promised to know one!! Enjoy every second, with a tool called love!! My love to The Warrior and family. RIP
— Rowdy Roddy Piper (@R_Roddy_Piper) April 9, 2014
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014