The Ultimate Warrior Dead At 54: WWE

By: CBS News Copy Email
By: CBS News Copy Email

CBS News Copy

Wrestling icon The Ultimate Warrior has died at the age of 54, according to World Wrestling Entertainment.

In a statement on its website, the WWE says it "is shocked and deeply saddened" to learn of hid death, which comes only days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He also appeared at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw.

No cause of death was revealed, but according to TMZ, officials said "Warrior" collapsed outside an Arizona hotel on Monday while walking to his car with his wife. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, the site reports.

"He began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history," the statement says. "Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter."

"Warrior," who was born James Brian Hellwig, is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters, the WWE says.

Tributes, meanwhile, have been pouring in for the late wrestler:

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