Update (1:13 a.m. ET): According to a report by TMZ, WWE Hall of Famer the Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig) collapsed outside of an Arizona hotel on Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. while walking to a car with his wife. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. (TMZ.com)
The following was just issued by WWE late Tuesday night.
Triple H issued a tweet 15 minutes ago announcing the passing.
“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. 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.”
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PHOTO: Fan tweets photo with Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday