The Ultimate Warrior has died. Triple H first Tweeted the news and it was shortly followed by an official statement on dot com. The statement reads as follows:
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.
1:05 PM EDT April 9, 2014 Update: According to TMZ, Warrior "clutched his chest" moments before he collapsed while walking down a hallway at the Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ on Tuesday evening. All signs point to a massive heart attack being the cause of death. There is no evidence to show drugs or alcohol were a factor. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner, reports TMZ.com. End update.
12:10 PM EDT April 9, 2014 Update: The Scottsdale Police Department and Sergeant Mark Clark made the following statement on Warrior’s death:
On April 8 at 5:50 pm 54-year-old “Warrior” James B Hellwig collapsed while walking with his wife to their car at the Gainy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. Scottsdale Fire transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead soon after arrival. At this point in the investigation, it appears as though a catastrophic medical condition caused his death.
1:29 AM EDT April 9, 2014 Update: Ultimate Warrior left New Orleans on Tuesday morning after appearing on this week's Monday Night Raw and flew home to Arizona. According to a report by TMZ, he collapsed outside of a hotel in Arizona on Tuesday evening while walking to his car with his wife Dana. He was taken to nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. End update.
12:51 AM EDT April 9, 2014 Update: TMZ is reporting the Ultimate Warrior died in Arizona. No other details are available at this time. End update.
Click here for WWE's official statement in its original format.
BREAKING NEWS: WWE is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of The Ultimate Warrior. http://t.co/6uccA9pkKe
— WWE (@WWE) April 9, 2014
The news is beyond shocking as Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last Saturday night and appeared at Wrestlemania 30 and this week's episode of Monday Night Raw in New Orleans, Louisiana. Warrior confirmed in his Hall of Fame induction speech that he had signed a new multi-year agreement with WWE to act as an ambassador.
You can watch the promo Ultimate Warrior cut on this week's episode of Raw at this link or embedded in the video below:
Stephanie McMahon just Tweeted this:
#RIPUltimateWarrior Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family.
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 9, 2014
Earlier in the week, Stephanie Tweeted a photo of Warrior with her father Vince McMahon:
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 8, 2014
Below is Triple H's breaking news Tweet, as Brooks Oglesby reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com:
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014