Ultimate Warrior Dead: James Brian Hellwig Dies At 54-Years-Old, Three Days After His Induction To WWE Hall Of Fame
Apr 09, 2014 03:01 PM EDT
WWE's Hall of Fame wrestler James Brian Hellwig, The Ultimate Warrior, died on Tuesday.
TMZ reports the 54-year-old wrestling legend collapsed in an Arizona hotel. Law enforcement sources claim witnesses saw Hellwig clutch his chest before he fell to the ground. Hellwig was with his wife at the time of his death.
"Sources connected to the situation tell us officials believe Warrior suffered a 'catastrophic medical even' and so far, we're told there is no evidence to show drugs or alcohol were a factor in his death," TMZ reports. "All signs point to massive heart attack."
The former wrestler was pronounced dead at a nearby Arizona hospital. An autopsy is reportedly scheduled for Thursday, April 10, according to Maricopa County Medical Examiner. Many of his fans, colleagues and admirers took to Twitter to express their condolences for Hellwig's love ones.
Hellwig began his career in Wrestlemania VI in 1990 as the successor to Hulk Hogan, according to For The Win. However, a feud between Hellwig and the WWE organization caused a 17-year hiatus from wrestling. Hellwig's popularity matched the wrestling legend Macho Man" Randy Savage and Hogan in the 1908s.
Hellwig's death came three days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before Wrestlemania XXX. The wrestler gave the following speech to a New Orleans crowd at Monday night's "Raw," according to For The Win.
"Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that's 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."