WWE is reporting that Ultimate Warrior (born Jim Hellwig) died at age 54. "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior," reads the statement. "Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history.
"Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior's family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters." Read the official statement at WWE.com.
Powell's POV: Wow, this is absolutely stunning considering we just saw him Monday night on Raw. There is no word yet regarding the cause of death, but obviously we will pass along additional information as it is released. My condolences to his friends and family.