LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Pro wrestling legend Ultimate Warrior has died just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania XXX festivities in New Orleans.
Ultimate Warrior, whose real name was James Hellwig, was 54.
He collapsed while walking to his car with his wife outside of an Arizona hotel shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to TMZ. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
A cause of death was not immediately given.
Ultimate Warrior’s return to WWE on Saturday marked the end of a bitter, public, and very real 18-year feud between himself and company head Vince McMahon. He announced during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech that he signed a multi-year deal to become a WWE ambassador.
Ultimate Warrior appeared on Monday Night RAW less than 24 hours before his death and gave an impassioned speech, thanking fans in what will become a fitting sendoff.
“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” the wrestling company posted on its website. “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.”
Ultimate Warrior is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters.
WWE stars have shown an outpouring of support on Twitter.