James Hellwig, famously known as the Ultimate Warrior, is dead at 54 after he collapsed in front of his wife. The WWE legend allegedly passed away due to his excessive use of steroids, but no official statement on the real cause of death has been released as of late, Washington Post reported today.
In what seemed to be the most shocking news ever Ultimate Warrior fans received today, iconic wrestler James Hellwig has died "suddenly and horrifically" in front of his better half at around 5:50 pm Tuesday just outside an Arizona hotel.
TMZ reports the Ultimate Warrior was walking his way to his car with his wife when all of a sudden, he collapsed into unconsciousness, and although he was rushed to a nearby hospital, he was pronounced dead a few minutes after his arrival.
The 54-year-old WWE player is considered as one of the legends in the ring. He was recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before Wrestlemania XXX over the weekend. James Hellwig even made his first appearance on "Monday Night Raw" this week, so fans and co-members of the wrestling industry were stunned to hear that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away.
In light of James Hellwig's passing, several famous personalities echoed their condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of the professional wrestler.
"Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters," Tripe H tweeted in the wake of the shocking news.
"#RIPUltimateWarrior Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family," Stephanie McMahon wrote on Twitter.
"RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH," Hulk Hogan, who is apparently James Hellwig's greatest rival in the history of professional wrestling, tweeted.
"Devastated to hear of the passing of @UltimateWarrior. He was a childhood hero of mine & he vs @HulkHogan WM6 is still one of the best ever," Chris Jericho tweeted.
"So happy I embraced Warrior with a hug when we saw each other backstage Saturday night.My heart goes out to his family.Always Believe," Kevin Nash wrote.
Several fans couldn't believe the shocking news about James Hellwig's death since he was reportedly spotted in great spirits at the airport in New Orleans Tuesday morning. He even took some time to snap some photos with fans who approached him that morning.
Because of the Ultimate Warrior's confirmed death, WWE posted a message on its official website. The message reads: "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."
Because of the shocking nature of James Hellwig's death, many suspected that it could have been due to his excessive use of steroids. However, the Washington Post reports that no official statement on the real cause of the Ultimate Warrior's death has been released as of late.