The Ultimate Warrior, born James Brian Hellwig, reportedly collapsed in Arizona on Tuesday and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The news about the 54-year-old wrestling icon comes just days after he appeared at Wrestlemania 30 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The Ultimate Warrior addressed fans on “Monday Night Raw” this week, his first time on the program since 1996.
No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a 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 and something 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. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back, I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. Ultimate. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever!
As heartbroken fans, fellow wrestlers and reporters learned of his death, they described the Ultimate Warrior’s final appearance as “eerie,” “haunting,” and “chilling.”