WWE star The Ultimate Warrior, who was born James Hellwig, has died at age 54, the group says.
The news was announced on the official WWE website on Tuesday, April 8, a day after the wrestling star appeared on "Monday Night Raw." (watch video, below) Over the weekend, he appeared at WrestleMania 30 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame after an 18-year absence. The cause of his death was not revealed.
"WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior," the group said in a statement. "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," the WWE statement added.
Hellwig is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters, the group said.
On "Raw," he gave an eerie speech.
""Every man's heart one day beats its final beat," he told a cheering crowd. "His lungs breath their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, it makes them believe deeper in something 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 ... You, you, you, you, you, you, you are the legendmakers of Ultimate Warrior!"
"I am Ultimate Warrior," he said. "You are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the sprit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever!"
WWE legends mourn the Ultimate Warrior
Hulk Hogan said on his Twitter page: "RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH"
Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock said on his Twitter page: "Loss always has a way of reminding us to live and love as greatly as we can. My prayers and strength to his family. RIP Ultimate Warrior."
Roddy Piper said on his Twitter page: "Tomorrow is promised to know one!! Enjoy every second, with a tool called love!! My love to The Warrior and family. RIP"
Chris Jericho said on his Twitter page: "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."
Jake the Snake said on his Twitter page: "Deeply saddened. We just had a great talk & buried a senseless hatchet. Talked working together. RIP Warrior. Taking solace we made peace."
WWE owner Vince McMahon said on his Twitter page: "We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters.."