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Ultimate Warrior suffered heart attack: Report
By QMI AGENCY


The Ultimate Warrior at the WWE Hall of Fame induction. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea



The Ultimate Warrior died from Atherosclerotic/ Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease, a medical examiner close to the situation confirmed to TMZ.

Better known as heart disease, the condition caused Warrior to suffer a fatal heart attack on April 8. He was 54.

Warrior was reportedly outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., hotel walking to his car with his daughters and wife when he collapsed around dinner time.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Warrior stood in the ring on WWE’s Monday Night RAW for the first time in 18 years delivering what would be his ultimate farewell.

The legendary wrestler, who was born Jim Hellwig and legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on the eve of WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans.


Warrior was a WWE mainstay from 1987 to 1991. He returned briefly in 1992 and 1996, then wrestled for a short time in the WCW before retiring in 1998.

He recently returned to the fold signing a multi-year deal as a WWE ambassador and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month.

During his induction, Warrior joked about being able to return from “exile” after 18 years and still “headline” the Hall of Fame ceremony.

He also spoke directly to his daughters, 11 and 13, saying while he had done some “awesome” things in his life, “the most awesome” thing he has done was be their dad.”

In 1985, Warrior and some fellow bodybuilders, including Steve Borden, decided to give wrestling a shot. He and Borden enjoyed some tag team success as the Blade Runners before moving on to singles careers.

Warrior not only made amends with his old boss prior to his death, he also ended feuds with former colleagues.

Fellow Hall of Famer Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts tweeted he was “deeply saddened” by the death.

“We just had a great talk and buried a senseless hatchet, talked working together,” he tweeted. “RIP Warrior. Taking solace we made peace.”

And Hulk Hogan tweeted he had “only love” for Warrior.

“We talked, both forgave each other, we hugged, we shook hands as we told each other I love you,” the Hulkster tweeted.

-With files from Chris Doucette

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