Ultimate Warrior

Wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday night at the age of 54. WWE confirmed in a statement that the wrestler, whose real name was James Hellwig, collapsed outside an Arizona hotel while walking to his car with his wife Dana.

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Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5 some 27 years after beginning his career as a wrestler. He left the sport for 18 years prior to the induction ceremony, and announced that he signed a new multi-year deal with the WWE as an ambassador.

The Hall of Fame ceremony preceded Wrestlemania XXX, where Brock Lesnar unexpectedly pinned The Undertaker for what is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the WWE. On Monday, Warrior made an appearance on WWE Raw, where he donned his iconic mask and offered words of appreciation to his fans for making him one of the sport’s most famous figures.

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“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” Warrior said. “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 makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers — by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever.”

“You, you, you, you, you,” he continued, pointing to the fans, “are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior.”

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Meanwhile, many of his fellow wrestlers took to social media to offer their condolences and pay their respect:

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