World Wrestling Entertainment announced on its web site late Tuesday night the death of Warrior, born James Brian Hellwig, better known as newly inducted WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior. He legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993.
He was 54.
The statement reads:
“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 Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife, Dana, and his two daughters.
The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 5 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. He was acknowledged for the honor during WrestleMania 30 the following night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
During WWE Monday Night Raw on April 7, Warrior returned to the Smoothie King Center where he addressed fans, thanking them for making him a WWE Hall of Famer and someone who will always be remembered. Raw is broadcast live each Monday on the USA Network.
His death came as a shock.
No details were given as to the cause.
“I met the ultimate warrior this morning at New Orleans airport pic.twitter.com/BlafbrEUyc”
James also answered tweets from people tweeting him questions about it, after learning of Warrior’s death.
“...he seemed really happy especially for that time in the morning both he and his wife were so nice.”
“he just said thank you after I congratulated him. His wife took the photo both really pleasant.”
“I'm in complete and utter shock”
“He was the 1st superstar I met as a kid/got me hooked on WWE. Proudly wore his jacket my entire childhood. RIP Warrior http://instagram.com/p/mjiWP3scG6/”
# RIPWarrior pic.twitter.com/H5YIKbYcy0”
“At least Ultimate Warrior had his #WWE Hall of Fame moment with his family +got to make peace with Vince McMahon+the company. #RIPWarrior”