James Hellwig passed away suddenly, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
James Hellwig, better known as the WWE’s Ultimate Warrior, has died at the age of 54. Hellwig was a legend in wrestling and one of the WWE’s biggest stars. He was just inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend, TMZ reports. Monday marked his first appearance on Monday Night Raw in years.
RIP WWE's Ultimate Warrior pic.twitter.com/KcuDumphcj— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) April 9, 2014
WWE posted a message on the official website saying, "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 cause of death has not been announced. Ultimate Warrior started his career with the WWE in 1987. He rose to become one of the biggest names in the sport. The company highlighted one encounter with Hulk Hogan in particular, during which he defeated the reigning Champ at Wrestelemania VI. Hellwig retired from wrestling in 1990.
RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014