Just a day after appearing on WWE RAW and accepting his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in New Orleans, The Ultimate Warrior has died. The 54 year old James Hellwig, who legally had his name changed to Warrior in 1993, collapsed outside a hotel in Arizona while with his wife Dana on Tuesday.

(Photo: Jonathan Bachman, AP Images for WWE)

Warrior at his Raw appearance on Monday.
(Photo: Jonathan Bachman, AP Images for WWE)

Warrior was regarded as the most colorful character in wrestling. Beginning his career in the 1980’s, his most famous match was held against Bobby “The Brain” Heenan who he took down with the infamous Sleeper Hold, and then took Heenan and dressed him in a weasel costume. The ‘E’ in WWE does stand for ‘entertainment’ after all, and Warrior and his fans reveled in it.

Warrior’s appearance at WWE on Monday was his first on the program since 1996. The crowd exploded into cheers as he took the mic.

No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every mans heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breath their final breath, and if what that man did with his life makes the blood pulse into the body of others and makes them believe deeper, in something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit will be immortalize by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever!

He also added, “The spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will live forever!”

Details of his cause death have not yet been released. He is survived by his wife Dana, and two daughters.

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