Ultimate Warrior dies, aged 54 – WWE superstars including Hulk Hogan and The Rock pay tribute
Wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior has died just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The 54-year-old made his emotional comeback at Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday night after an 18-year absence from the franchise.
He is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters and the cause of death is so far unknown.
In his final address to fans after Wrestlemania on Monday night RAW, the Warrior said:
‘No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own.
‘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 believe 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 honour him, and make the running the man did live forever.
‘I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.’
Warrior, born James Hellwig before legally changing his name in 1993, shot to prominence in the then-WWF back in 1990 when he defeated Hulk Hogan in one of the most iconic matches in wrestling history to be crowned the ‘Ultimate Champion’ – unifying the Intercontinental and heavyweight titles.