WWE's Ultimate Warrior passes days after Hall of Fame Induction
Details of his death are not clear, but the WWE, and majority Shareholder, Triple H (aka Hunter Hearst Helmsley, aka Paul Michael Levesque) first tweeted the news about an hour ago.
The Ultimate Warrior performed on WWE television broadcasts for two decades, beginning in 1987. Fans of the WWE come and go, but anyone who has followed the entertainment/sport knows of the Ultimate Warrior. Like all of the stars of sports entertainment, James Hellwig presented himself in matches using an alternate persona. Unlike other performers, he was true to the persona throughout the years.
He defeated Hulk Hogan in Wrestlemania VI, and his fame continued. Outlandish costumes, brilliant face paint, and an athletic prowess in addition to believable acting led to a lengthy career, but like many of the stars in the WWE, contract disagreements led to his departure in 1991. He returned, in 1992, for sporadic appearances, before finally moving into the WCW in 1998. As the years progrossed, Warrior moved on, and made a name for himself as a motivational speaker.
His induction into the WWE Hall of Fame was a popular move for fans, as he was remembered affectionately by older fans, and reverred by younger fans who have seen some of the older matches.
Everyone at the WWE and his fans around the world are tweeting condolences to his wife, Dana, and their two daughters.