Ultimate Warrior died from heart disease


The Ultimate Warrior spoke during his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5. (Jonathan Bachman / AP for WWE)

The Ultimate Warrior, one of pro wrestling’s legendary performers from the 1990s, died last week from cardiovascular disease, Phoenix officials said Monday.

Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick announced the results of an autopsy conducted Thursday by the medical examiner’s office. Warrior, whose given name was James Hellwig, collapsed and died April 8 as he was walking with his wife to their car at a Scottsdale hotel. Warrior, 54, was inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 5 and addressed the “WWE Raw” crowd the night before he died.

On Monday night, WWE paid tribute to him, with a “Raw is Warrior” video.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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