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How Twitter users are paying respect to the Ultimate Warrior

Twitter users pay tribute to the Ultimate Warrior
Twitter users pay tribute to the Ultimate Warrior
Photo source: keeping it real, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr

Twitter is bustling with users who are sending Tweets about the sudden passing of the Ultimate Warrior on April 8. The man whose real name was James Brian Hellwig was best known by his fans as the Ultimate Warrior, his ring name. He was famous for his wrestling performances in the 1990s. The cause of his death has not been revealed yet.

While the Warrior retired from wrestling in 1998, he stayed in the spotlight, building a platform as a motivational speaker. His energetic presence has touched many people, as indicated by the outpouring of messages from fans on Twitter.

The social media network has trended for four topics within the last day, all in tribute to the Ultimate Warrior. The trends paying respect to the wrestling icon are #RIPWarrior, #RIPUltimateWarrior, #ThankYouWarrior and Ultimate Warrior.

Some Tweets include references to the wrestling champion’s famed matches in the World Wrestling Federation and then in World Championship Wrestling. He won the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice and took the WWF Champion title once.

Many of the Twitter messages include links to YouTube videos and photos featuring the Ultimate Warrior. Here are a few of the top Tweets shared by fans of the wrestler:

#RIPWarrior you will live forever through your fans (written by Trinity Fatu @NaomiWWE)

One of the reasons I fell in love with wrestling… #RIPWarrior (written by Matt Taven @MattTaven)

Mourning Twitter users are also commenting on the unexpectedness of the death. The wrestler was 54 and had appeared only days earlier (April 5) in a public appearance as he was inducted into the WWE hall of fame. As Ellis Mbeh writes on Twitter, under the handle @EllisMbeh:

Absolutely devastated by the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. My prayers and heart are with his family.

To read more of the Tweets in tribute to the Ultimate Warrior, or to see the photos and videos that users have uploaded to the social media platform, search Twitter by any of the four trend topics mentioned above. The wrestling icon is predeceased by his wife and two children.

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