Once one of professional wrestling’s biggest stars, the man known as “The Ultimate Warrior,’’ has died, according to news reports and a statement from World Wrestling Entertainment.
Jim Hellwig died Tuesday night after collapsing at an Arizona hotel, Time reported.
He was 54 years old.
No information has been released on the cause of Hellwig’s death.
“The Ultimate Warrior’’ was a high-energy wrestling star during parts of the 1980s and 1990s, often performing (as both friend and foe) with famed wrestler Hulk Hogan.
After an extended time away from the WWE, Hellwig last week was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame, and appeared at Wrestlemania XXX Sunday in New Orleans.
Here’s a clip from his appearance on the April 7 episode of Monday Night Raw:
Reaction on Twitter came from some of the industry’s biggest names, including Hogan:
RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon also expressed sympathy on Twitter:
We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters.— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 9, 2014
Longtime wrestler and current WWE executive Paul Michael Levesque, who performs in the ring as “Triple H,’’ also shared his thoughts:
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014