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WWE Wrestling Legend ‘The Ultimate Warrior’ Has Died, Aged 54

One of the most charismatic and popular professional wrestlers in the history of the business, The Ultimate Warrior, has died at aged 54, just four days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Jim Helwig (legal name “Warrior”) allegedly collapsed when walking to his car with his wife on Tuesday night, clutching his chest, before being taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

The WWE made this statement on his passing:

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.”

Not only was this four days removed from his long-awaited Hall Of Fame induction and return to the WWE, but only a day after the Warrior appeared on WWE’s Monday Night Raw show in New Orleans, where he made a very heartfelt and foreboding promo, thanking the fans for everything and urging them to create new legends.

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The Ultimate Warrior debuted in the WWE (then known as the WWF) back in the mid-80’s and quickly became one of the most charismatic and popular wrestlers of all time thanks to his intense persona, superhero physique, warrior face paint and relentless in-ring style and strength.

His matches against the likes of Hulk Hogan and “The Macho Man” Randy Savage were legendary, with his match against Hogan at WrestleMania VI where he became the WWF World Champion going down in history as one of the most memorable occasions in professional wrestling history.

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Since the early 90’s though, when Warrior left the WWE, he has had a very tumultuous and poisonous relationship with the company, many of its former wrestlers and in particular with long-time owner Vince McMahon.

The WWE even went to great lengths to destroy the reputation of Warrior by releasing a DVD entitle ‘The Self-Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior’. You would have thought that this would have ruined any possibility of bridges being mended but thankfully this wasn’t the case.

Last year Warrior was officially unveiled as being a playable character in the new WWE 2K14 video game, before the inevitable of being announced as being the star inductee in the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2014. Fans clamoured for this for years and a jubilant Warrior finally got to come back home to thank them for everything last Friday night.

What was notable too was Warrior making amends with many of the men he fell out with over the years including McMahon, Hulk Hogan (who hosted WrestleMania XXX on Sunday night), fellow inductees Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall (also known as Razor Ramon).

The Ultimate Warrior Jim Helwig leaves behind a wife, Dana and two daughters.