Wrestling legend Ultimate Warrior dies

Published On: Apr 09 2014 12:49:37 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 09 2014 02:49:41 AM EDT

The Ultimate Warrior, one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, has died at 54, WWE officials confirmed in a statement.

Warrior, who was born James Brian Hellwig, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame just days ago.


"WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior," a statement reads.

Hellwig began his career as the Warrior in 1987. He defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become WWE Champion in 1990.

Hellwig legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993


The wrestler is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters.

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