A statement released by WWE on late Tuesday night 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.
Confirming this shocking news both Vince McMahon and Triple H released statements through Twitter.
Vince McMahon confirmed the Warrior's untimely death by tweeting, "We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters."
Triple H tweeted the following, "Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters."
This news is almost unbelievable. Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday night, appeared at Wrestlemania 30 as well as last night's Monday Night Raw. Warrior made his return to the WWE after an 18 year absence and ended a long standing grudge with the WWE.
Warrior had also announced that he had signed a multi-year deal with the WWE to serve as a brand ambassador. His appearance on Raw was just a little over twenty-four hours ago where he cut an Ultimate Warrior style promo much to the delight of the Warrior fans.
The Ultimate Warrior was born Jim Hellwig but legally changes his name to Warrior in the early 90's. Both of his daughters carry the last name of Warrior. He was an iconic figure in the world of professional wrestling and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayer go out the Warrior's family.