Ultimate Warrior Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Ultimate Warrior

Jim Hellwig, better known by his wrestling nickname “The Ultimate Warrior,” died suddenly on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

He’s seen above April 7 on Monday Night Raw, in what turned out to be his last public appearance.

Here’s what you need to know about the career and death of one of the most charismatic wrestlers in history:

1. He Collapsed While Walking From His Hotel; His Death Was Ruled as a Heart Attack

A tribute to the memory of The Ultimate Warrior: Raw, April 14, 2014The WWE Universe honors the memory of WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior.2014-04-15T00:38:44.000Z

TMZ reported that Warrior collapsed outside of an Arizona hotel at approximately 5:50 p.m. on April 8, 2014. He was reported to be walking with his wife to his car during the moment of his initial collapse. After he was brought to a nearby Arizona hospital, Warrior was pronounced dead.

Warrior’s official autopsy revealed the cause of his death – a natural death brought on by Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease symptoms (heart disease). The autopsy also revealed that no drugs or alcohol were directly involved in Warrior’s untimely passing.

Ultimate Warrior

The news of Ultimate Warrior’s death were solidified once WWE.com released this official statement through it’s website:

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.

Vince McMahon, along with Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon took to Twitter to offer their condolences:

2. The Ultimate Warrior Was Just Inducted Into the WWE Hall of Fame

Ultimate Warrior's 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction SpeechUltimate Warrior speaks at the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony.2014-04-06T04:35:42.000Z

On the weekend of WrestleMania XXX, Warrior was finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Check out the video above to watch some highlights of his induction speech.

3. He Made An Appearance on Raw The Day Before His Death

2014 WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior speaks: Raw, April 7, 20142014 WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior's return to the ring was short-lived, but his legend will endure forever. wwe.com/wwenetwork2014-04-08T02:41:38.000Z

Warrior came out during Monday night Raw to give an old-school promo to the live audience. You can watch Warrior’s speech to the live crowd in the video above. The caption has the text of the Ultimate Warrior’s speech.

Ultimate Warrior Speech

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4. Hulk Hogan and Daniel Bryan Made Sure to Pay Their Respects

After the news of Warrior’s passing began to spread, Warrior’s greatest rival, Hulk Hogan, made sure to pay tribute to him via Twitter. Daniel Bryan also took to Twitter to talk about Warrior’s devotion to his family and his warmness towards Bryan himself:

5. He Had a Long And Illustrious Career

Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior: WrestleMania VI – Champion vs. Champion MatchHulk Hogan collides with Ultimate Warrior at SkyDome on April 1, 1990 in the first-ever match on The Grandest Stage of Them All between the reigning WWE and Intercontinental title holders.2014-01-14T02:36:05.000Z

The Ultimate Warrior was a force to be reckoned with during his run in the WWF and WCW. During his time in the WWF, he captured the WWF World Heavyweight Championship and won the WWF Intercontinental Championship on two occasions.

During his later years as a non-WWE wrestler, Warrior became the Nu-Wrestling Evolution World Heavyweight Champion. Warrior competed in his biggest match ever against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI, a bout that was ranked as Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s 1990 Match of the Year.

You can all take a peek at the best parts of that legendary match-up in the video above.

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