Unbelievably shocking and saddening news has rocked the WWE Universe late Tuesday night, as word started spreading around social media shortly before 10:45 P.M. Central that Jim Hellwig, better known as The Ultimate Warrior, has died.
Fans had just seen Warrior barely 24 hours earlier, as he had made an appearance on WWE's flagship program "Monday Night Raw" in New Orleans. He had also been inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend prior to WrestleMania XXX. It was reported that he had recently signed a new deal with the company and was going to be taking on an ambassador role similar to what Hulk Hogan is currently doing.
His immediate cause of death is uncertain at the moment, however tons of past and present WWE stars and fans have received word about his passing and have made comments on Facebook and Twitter. WWE also posted a brief mention about it on their website with the following:
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.
Warrior was one of the most iconic superstars of the 1980s and early 90s, with his high-energy ring entrance and his unique in-ring wrestling style. Having defeated Hogan for the then-WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI in Toronto, the Warrior skyrocketed to the top of the company with a legion of fans.
He had recently returned to WWE, for the first time since his departure in 1996 and had accepted the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Longtime issues between he and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had kept him away from the company until recently. This is incredibly shocking, considering his appearance throughout WrestleMania weekend in New Orleans and then having just appeared on TV the night before.
No word has been released yet on his cause of death, however reports are coming out that he collapsed at an Arizona hotel while walking to his car with his wife. Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with his family during this time. For more information, check out the Houston Pro Wrestling Examiner on Facebook as well as follow along on Twitter.