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Ultimate Warrior

Dead at 54

Collapsed at AZ Hotel

4/8/2014 8:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ultimate Warrior Dead

The Ultimate Warrior is dead ... he died suddenly and horrifically, right in front of his wife.

We've learned Warrior collapsed without warning outside an Arizona hotel at 5:50 PM Tuesday ... while walking to his car with his wife.

He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Warrior -- real name James Hellwig -- was a true WWE legend ... and was one of the most iconic wrestlers of all time.  He was 54-years-old.

Warrior was just inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before Wrestlemania XXX this weekend ... and this week he made his first appearance on "Monday Night Raw" in years.

Ultimate Warrior Dead

Triple H just tweeted, "Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters."

Stephanie McMahon also tweeted, " Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family."

Hulk Hogan -- Warrior's greatest rival -- has also tweeted, "RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH"

Kevin Nash wrote, "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."

Warrior posed for some pics at the airport in New Orleans around 6am Tuesday morning.  We're told he was in great spirits and offered to take photos with any fan who approached him.

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WWE posted a message on the official website saying, "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."

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1.

Clytemnestra    

Only 54. Far too young.

177 days ago
2.

James25    

He was one of my favorite wrestlers growing up. It's so sad that all these wrestlers are dying before their time. And I suspect steroids might have something to do with their deaths.

177 days ago
3.

Numapass    

How do we know this isn't fake as well

177 days ago
4.

IDGAF69    

Damn and i was just saying how awkwardly he was walking to the ring last night... RIP

177 days ago
5.

ha ha beat you    

It's very sad it happened. I'm just glad blue ugly doesn't know who he is to talk garbage about his life.

177 days ago
6.

Josh    

His real Name is warrior he legally changed it. Got to love tmz "reporters" who clearly dint know ****.

177 days ago
7.

EJanvier03    

How many guys are left from the Pre Attitude Era?

177 days ago
8.

Mr.Hands    

Isn't is real name actually warrior?

177 days ago
9.

Stiletto    

If you want to see him in early matches, research "the Dingo Warrior" which is what he first wrestled as.

177 days ago
10.

hotpad    

Sad to hear, but these wrestlers abuse the hell out off their bodies and health. RIP

177 days ago
11.

The Zombie    

WOW. RIP, Warrior.

177 days ago
12.

Double75    

Dammit. First, Mickey Rooney, and now... pieces of my childhood are GONE.

I was never that big a fan of the Warrior. Hell, I practically rooted AGAINST him as much as I did Hogan. But the man DID perform for us, and perform he did.

My hearts go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and wrestling fans who WERE a fan of his.

RIP Warrior

177 days ago
13.

TRUTH BE TOLD    

Stupid sport
Stupid People
Stupid fans
Stupid death.

177 days ago
14.

DRA1979    

You people are really stupid. Do some research....Warrior was DRUG FREE! The man was completely drug and alcohol free for the last two decades. He's been a motivational speaker and up until a few months ago he was on the outs with the WWE and the pro wrestling community. The reason why? Because he spoke out against drugs and steroid abuse. He was a fitness freak. The same people that make statements like "duh der how do we know dis aint fake?" Are the same ones that worship fake reality tv stars like the Housewives of whatever county and the trashy Kardashians. Warrior wasn't a drug addict and lived a clean lifestyle.

177 days ago
15.

anniex3    

Drugs

177 days ago
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