Just days after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame, Ultimate Warrior died at age 54 of an apparent heart attack. Ultimate Warrior, who legally changed his named to Warrior, had just appeared on Monday Night Raw the night before his death in Scottsdale, Arizona. Warrior, was walking down a hotel hallway with his wife, Dana when the episode occurred. Local firefighters rushed Warrior to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Maricopa County medical Examiner’s Office will complete an autopsy on Warrior, according to county spokesperson, Cari Gerchick. The results of the autopsy are not expected to be released for another few weeks. There were no signs of foul play surrounding Warrior’s death according to a spokesperson with the Scottsdale police department.
The news of Ultimate Warrior’s death has shocked the wrestling world. WWE executive triple H was interviewed by ESPN and expressed reaction to the news. “We’re devastated. It was such a wonderful homecoming, such a great celebration of an iconic career with the Hall of Fame, and the appearance at Wrestlemania, and the return of the Ultimate Warrior character in ring on Monday Night Raw” said Triple H. “the talent were so happy, Warrior was beside himself so excited, and then to have it just come to an end a day later is just shocking and tragic and devastating to us all.”
Wrestling legend Sting, who started out with Warrior in a tag team named the BladeRunners in the 80s, shared his thoughts. “[He] always challenged me to strive at being the best, and I’ll forever be grateful for the encouragement and motivation he provided” stated Sting. There were reports that Warrior appeared to be “very sick” during Wrestlemania weekend. Entertainment website, TMZ reported that colleagues remarked that Warrior seemed somewhat frail, sweating profusely, and was breathing heavily backstage. Warrior is survived by his wife Dana, and two daughters.