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Bret 'Hitman' Hart reflects on passing of Ultimate Warrior
By SHAWN LOGAN - Calgary Sun


World Wrestling Entertainment legend Bret 'The Hitman' Hart was in Timmins, Ont., in 2013. (CHRIS RIBAU/THE DAILY PRESS/QMI AGENCY)



Watching the final public words of the Ultimate Warrior, Calgary wrestling icon Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart says he had no idea how prophetic they would be.

Hart had been with the former champ, whose real name is James Hellwig, in New Orleans over the last week for Wrestlemania 30 and the Warrior’s hall-of-fame induction.

The 54-year-old superstar died a day after his appearance on Monday Night Raw, after he reportedly collapsed outside an Arizona hotel.

“It’s really ironic the way he died — it was almost like he willed it or something,” Hart said Wednesday.


“He wrote his own ending.”

The day before he died, Hellwig thanked fans for his ascension into the hall of fame, with words Hart said now seem prophetic.

“Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breathe their final breath,” Hellwig said while speaking of his legacy.

“And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper than something larger than life, then his essence his spirit will be immortalized by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honour him and make the running the man did live forever.”

While Hart had little opportunity to speak with Hellwig in New Orleans, he said there was little reason to suspect it might be the last time he saw him.

“We both had busy weeks but I thought he looked good,” he said.

“I haven’t seen him in a long time but I thought he seemed to be on the right path.

“He finally seemed at peace and it’s really ironic it played out the way it did.”

Hart added while he’s not certain, he suspects “there was probably a good chance he was using steroids” during his career, and that Hellwig’s untimely death should warrant a closer look.

“Someone should take a really good look at him,” he said.

“It’s becoming quite alarming (to see these deaths) in my business.”

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