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Cause of death for Ultimate Warrior heart disease, say officials after autopsy

The Ultimate Warrior making an appearance on April 7.
The Ultimate Warrior making an appearance on April 7.
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The death of WWE legend The Ultimate Warrior, which left the hearts of fans across the globe broken, somewhat ironically was caused by a bunk ticker. According to a report today from the Associated Press, officials said Warrior died of cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease.

Warrior, 54, collapsed last week after walking with his wife Dana to their car at a hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was then taken to the hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead.

The autopsy had been conducted by the Maricopa County medical examiner’s office, according to spokeswoman Cari Gerchick. However, despite releasing the official cause of death, according to a report from the USA Today, the office could take several months to complete the full autopsy.

Warrior, who legally changed his name from James Brian Hellwig in 1993, died just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and hours after appearing on the company’s program Monday Night Raw. The wrestler, whose claim to fame was defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI in 1990 to win the world title, had just returned as an official ambassador for the WWE after a nearly two-decade hiatus.

According to the USA Today report, the WWE honored Warrior during its Monday Night Raw show this week. Many of his former colleagues, including Triple H, Hogan, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, took to Twitter to express their condolences.

“We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters,” WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon said.

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