On April 8, in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the most famous professional wrestlers of all time, The Ultimate Warrior (born James Brian Hellwig, but legally changed his entire name to the one word, “Warrior” in the late 1990s), suddenly passed away at the age of 54.
Just four days ago, the cause of his death was revealed. Warrior suffered a heart attack as a result of heart disease. While walking outside of his hotel, he suddenly collapsed, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
WWE superstar, The Ultimate Warrior, is mostly remembered for his colorful face paint and exciting entrances. These consisted of him running full-speed into the wrestling ring, followed by him shaking the ring’s ropes for an extended period of time to always bring the crowd to its feet.
At WrestleMania VI in 1990, The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Championship and retain his Intercontinental Championship, becoming the first superstar in history to simultaneously hold both titles.
Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, 2014, the night before WrestleMania XXX, where he made an appearance. On April 7, The Ultimate Warrior was a part of Raw. During the speech he delivered, 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 larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of The Ultimate Warrior will run forever!”
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