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Ultimate Warrior Dead at 54
The Ultimate Warrior, one of the biggest stars in the history of professional wrestling, died on Tuesday. He was just 54.
There’s no official word yet as to the cause of death. However, TMZ has reported that he collapsed outside a hotel in Arizona while walking to his car with his wife, and that obviously sounds like a heart attack.
Born James Brian Hellwing in 1959, he legally changed his name to Ultimate Warrior in 1993, at the height of his popularity. Sadly, his passing comes on the heels of a string of public appearances that put him back in the WWE limelight.
On Saturday in New Orleans, the Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, ending an 18-year absence from the promotion.
The following night, Ultimate Warrior made an appearance at WrestleMania 30, and on Monday, a day before he died, he made what would be his last ever public appearance on Monday Night Raw.
In hindsight, the words he spoke were chilling:
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” he proclaimed. “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever.”
Check it out:
Obviously, for the sake of everyone who knew and loved Ultimate Warrior—especially his wife, Dana, and their two children—we all wish he was still with us today.
That being said, if you gotta go, go out with a speech like that.
RIP, Ultimate Warrior. Say hello to the Macho Man for us.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]