In news alerts that seemed too surreal, it has been released that just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and making a final television appearance on the franchise "Monday Night Raw" program, James Hellwig- aka The Ultimate Warrior-died at the age of 54.
He had just come full circle with the organization culminating in the Hall of Fame ceremony this past weekend in New Orleans.
And had made the last appearance with more of the same charisma that took him to the top of the wrestling industry in the late 1980's. He beat Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI in Toronto for his only title- a reign that lasted nine months.
There are those who will discuss his row with the McMahon family, the political speeches, and the desire to be "Warrior Warrior." But today isn't the day for that from the HQ...
Here's the statement from the complany:
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.
No cause of death is immediately known...
NOON UPDATE: Arash Markazi over at ESPN has details that warrior was walking with his wife to their car at a Scottsdale, Arizona hotel and collapsed. He was pronounced dead at a Scottsdale hospital.