James Hellwig, who gained famed in pro wrestling as The Ultimate Warrior, died suddenly Tuesday April 8th at the age of 54. Only days earlier he was inducted in the the WWE Hall of Fame, and 24 hours before he'd made a triumphant comeback appearance on Monday Night RAW. Now that appearance seems like a farewell. Wrestlers took to twitter to offer their feelings about his passing.
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters. -- Triple H
We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters. - Vince McMahon
RIP WARRIOR. only love. - Hulk Hogan
Deeply saddened. We just had a great talk & buried a senseless hatchet. Talked working together. RIP Warrior. Taking solace we made peace. - Jake The Snake Roberts.
Heartbroken. My sincerest condolences go out to The Warrior's family. Seeing how much he loved his daughters and his wife this weekend makes it all the more heartbreaking. The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite as a kid, and getting to speak to him this weekend was one of my favorite moments. He was so nice to me. - Daniel Bryan
Loss always has a way of reminding us to live and love as greatly as we can. My prayers and strength to his family. RIP Ultimate Warrior. - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family. - Stephanie McMahon
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Warrior family. It breaks my heart after seeing how proud his girls are of their father. Stay strong - Randy Orton
After all these years I finally got 2 tell him that me shaking the ropes was an homage 2 him. Blessed to have had that moment. - Battista
So happy I embraced Warrior with a hug when we saw each other backstage Saturday night. My heart goes out to his family. Always Believe. - Kevin Nash
Even some celebrities chimed in, including Star Trek's William Shatner, who tweeted, "saw that the Ultimate Warrior passed away. Very sad," and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, who said, "Whenever we play wrestled when I was a kid I always had to be the ultimate warrior... RIP