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Ultimate Warrior

Suffered Fatal Heart Attack

... Autopsy Shows

4/14/2014 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ultimate Warrior Cause of DeathThe Ultimate Warrior died from a massive heart attack ... this according to the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, TMZ has learned. 

Officials tell TMZ ... the official cause of death for Warrior -- real name James Hellwig -- was determined to be "Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease" ... aka heart disease. 

Officials classified Warrior's death as "natural" -- meaning neither drugs nor alcohol were directly involved.

As we previously reported, Warrior clutched his chest outside of an Arizona hotel on April 8 while walking with his wife. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but never regained consciousness. 

Warrior was 54 years old.

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31.

Sid    

Yes steroids kill big deal. This guy had a better life because if steroids. What would you rather have his life and die at 54 or be on the government dole and die at 77?

158 days ago
32.

Rectum?Damn Nearly Killed Him    

Wrestling Sucks!!! Grown men in tights rubbing their crotches in each other's faces..... We know that's 8pm ritual Harvey.....

158 days ago
33.

T bone    

Now what u got to say nancy noGrace You troll AZZ pig there's a place for people like u nancy and you too Harvey With ya weak pro gay reporting and the rest of your staff are jokes for what u said ABOUT WARRIOR AND HOW U TRIED TO MAKE THE STORY ABOUT STEROIDS NOW WHAT PIG I HOPE YA CHILDREN GET CANCER NO WAIT YOU'RE THEIR MOTHER NOTHING'S WORSE UNLESS YOUR HARVEY'S FATHER! Ha Ha ha

158 days ago
34.

kicksroute66    

Roids do increase bad cholsetrol in the user fyi

158 days ago
35.

click    

There's a lot of satanism in pro wrestling and about 60 pro wrestlers have died of late, most with heart related issues.

When in character, Warrior was often seen speaking to forces and summoning up energy from somewhere or something.

Selling your soul to Satan for a few years of fame is beyond foolishness.

Jesus is the only way to heaven.

158 days ago
36.

barcham    

Anyone can have a heart attack. I had a friend who was 35 drop dead from a heart attack after leaving his doctor's office where he had received a clean bill of health. He was in great shape, active and lived a healthy lifestyle. He had a genetic heart defect that went undetected as do many other people.

All that being said...when someone clutches their chest in extreme pain and collapses, chances are pretty damn good they've just had a massive coronary. So there's really no surprise or news in this story.

158 days ago
37.

Teddy Moonbeam    

Warrior did steroids, everyone knows this. He admitted it. Did he do them later in life? We don't know. Eddie Guerrero had a fatal heart attack years after kicking drugs, because of damage done to his heart from his old habits. Warrior, if you ever read his website or knew anything about him, was a health and fitness nut, and I'm sure he wasn't living on cheeseburgers. He worked out constantly. So my conclusion, and I'm no doctor, is that past steroid use may have contributed, but it was likely genetic. What I wonder is if he wasn't aware his health was failing and simply never made it public. He looked like hell, redfaced and sweating bullets, at the HOF induction and on Raw. His final promo really sounded like he was saying goodbye.

158 days ago
38.

Johndoethesecond    

Tell 80 yr old Sylvester Stallone steroids are bad. Guy looks like hes immortal. My grandfather died at 52. Never smoked, never even drank. Church every sunday, owned his own Marina that abled him all the free time he wanted and walked daily and ate like a dietitian. Maybe if he took some juice he would still be alive.

158 days ago
39.

bs corrector    

Look all of the doctors with opinions..wow..shouldnt u be somewhere saving a life instead of giving your two cents about a life that is already lost..#fingerpointingidiots#

158 days ago
40.

Gretel    

I saw the clip of him wherever he was with a microphone and a mask. His heart was being very good to him, giving him ample notice that it was going to stop. I've seen people in the middle of heart attacks in the ER who looked better than he did. This is not a surprise.

158 days ago
41.

jjgfchfcv    

You need to quit saying his real name was Jim Hellwig. He legally changed it so his name was Warrior!!

158 days ago
42.

Timbo    

How come his doctors didn't catch this ahead of time?

158 days ago
43.

Hans Gruber    

Heart attacks are a different kind of beast.

158 days ago
44.

Janet BeCraft    

#RESTINPEACEULTIMATEWARRIOR
#RESTINPEACEJAMESBRIANHELLWIG

158 days ago
45.

Angel Morado    

Rest In Peace

158 days ago
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