Ultimate Warrior dead: Wrestling hall of famer dies at 54

The Ultimate Warrior is dead. The wrestling hall of famer who became a star in the contact sport back in the 1990s passed away. He was 54.

The Ultimate Warrior
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The WWE said Warrior, who legally changed his name from James Hellwig to his wrestling moniker, passed away on Tuesday, April 8.

Scottsdale, Arizona police spokesman Sgt. Mark Clark said he collapsed while walking with his wife to their car at a hotel and was pronounced dead at a hospital, reports Yahoo! Sports.

Foul play has apparently been ruled out, but Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick reportedly said an autopsy will be conducted Thursday by the medical examiner's office.

The sudden death of the retired wrestler, who defeated wrestling champion Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania in Toronto in 1990, came less than 24 hours after making an appearance on "Monday Night Raw" held in New Orleans.

He said in his speech:

I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever.

Ultimate Warrior is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters. The report said a WWE Network tribute for him has been set for next week.