The Ultimate Warrior.
If you were a kid in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, you probably spent a varying amount of time watching pro wrestling. And although pro wrestling had a myriad of characters that are no doubt engrained into your memory, wrestlers like “The Ultimate Warrior”, “Hulk Hogan” and “Macho Man” will always be a little more special than the others.
At 5:50pm on Tuesday, The Ultimate Warrior (who was born James Brian Hellwig, but legally changed his name to “The Ultimate Warrior” in 1993… a fact that would surprise no one, if they’ve spent more than five minutes listening to this man cut a promo) collapsed without warning outside of his Arizona hotel, while taking a walk with his wife.
He died at the hospital, shortly after.
He was 54 years of age.
This past weekend, Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and – just a day before his sudden passing – he appeared on WWE’s live Monday night show, RAW, and gave what would end up being his final message to his fans. A more fitting farewell speech would be hard to come by.
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life what makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. I am The Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever.”
I’d like to personally thank The Ultimate Warrior for all of the fun childhood memories he’s given me. He was one of my favorite characters when I was a kid, and I’m sad to see him go at such a relatively young age. Rest in peace, Warrior.
He is survived by his wife, Dana and two daughters.
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