Wrestling legend James “Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig has died at the age of 54.
TMZ reported that Hellwig — who officially changed his name to Warrior in 1993 — “collapsed outside an Arizona hotel at 5:50 PM on April 8th … while walking to his car with his wife. Warrior was transported to a nearby hospital … where he was pronounced dead.”
Hellwig’s death comes only three days after The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and just one day after Hellwig made an appearance on WWE’s Raw, his first appearance on the show since 1996.
According to WWE, The Ultimate Warrior was “one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever,” joined the organization in 1987 and three years later was world champion, defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI at SkyDome in Toronto. The match, billed as the “Ultimate Challenge,” lived up to the billing in the eyes of most, a common staple in lists of greatest wrestling matches of all time.