Pro wrestler and WWE legend The Ultimate Warrior dead at age 54

The Ultimate Warrior, one of the world of pro wrestling's most popular characters, has died at the age of 54.

 

World Wrestling Entertainment announced the death in a statement on its website late Tuesday night (http://wfts.tv/1szBmEN):

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.

James Brian Hellwig was born in 1959, and he legally changed his name to The Ultimate Warrior in 1993. You can watch Warrior's appearance from the day before his death on WWE's Monday Night Raw episode.

 

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