Sad news has befallen the wrestling world as the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. On April 8, 2014, just three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, it was announced that the man who legally changed his name to Warrior has died, per WWE.
Ultimate Warrior was 54-years-old.
The statement released by WWE is as follows:
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.
Triple H also got on Twitter and posted:
"Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Diana and daughters."
There is no word at this time as to the cause of his death, and it comes as a complete and total shock to so many people.
This past Saturday night, the Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame after ending an 18-year rift with the company. Warrior revealed that night that he had signed a two-year deal with WWE and would be working on a new DVD release as well.
On Sunday evening, Warrior appeared quickly at "WrestleMania XXX" as the 2014 class of inductees were announced.
Just 24 hours ago, on April 7, 2014, the Ultimate Warrior made an appearance on "Monday Night Raw" in New Orleans. He got into the ring, gave a speech, and even shook the ring ropes as he used to do during his wrestling days. He appeared to be in good spirits.
Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior.