Former WWE star The Ultimate Warrior died at the age of 43 on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Reuters reports that one of the biggest names in U.S. professional wrestling died just days after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Hall of Fame.
A cause of death has not been confirmed, but TMZ states, "Warrior collapsed outside an Arizona hotel at 5:50 PM on April 8th while walking to his car with his wife. Warrior was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead."
Born James Hellwig, the wrestler quickly rose to fame after starting his WWE career in 1987. Just three years after he started his wrestling career, he was named world champion, defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI at SkyDome in Toronto.
On Tuesday, Hulk Hogan tweeted, "RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH."
The Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Hall of Fame issued a brief statement on The Ultimate Warrior's passing, stating on Tuesday, "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior."
"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."
Hellwig, better known to WWE fans as The Ultimate Warrior, was 6-foot, 2-inch tall, 280-pound and was known for his neon clothing, face paint and long, blond hair.
Hellwig retired in the late 1990s, but promised to always live life with "action and intensity."
"Ultimate Warrior ran because I was running him. He was intense because I already was. Whatever I am doing - wrestling, writing, working out, speaking, even weaving pot holders - I am going to do it with action and intensity. I have built an incredibly empowered life on my OWN terms. As a devoted husband and father, I could not have custom-ordered a more loving, healthy, spirit-filled, and happy home life."
The Ultimate Warrior is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.