The Ultimate Warrior, one of US professional wrestling’s most celebrated athletes, has died at the age of 54, barely days after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame on April 8.
According to ST Communities, Warrior, whose real name was James Hellwig, began his WWE career in 1987 and rose to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history, highlighting an “epic encounter” in which he defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become a WWE Champion.
“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” the Stanford, Connecticut-based company said on its website.
“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.”
Warrior is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.
The cause of his death was not given. He was added to the Hall of Fame on April 5.
Watch the video by WWE for some of his last words to his fans during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.