Autopsy: Ultimate Warrior died of heart disease

An autopsy by the Maricopa County, Ariz., medical examiner’s office concluded that professional wrestler the Ultimate Warrior died of a heart attack brought on by cardiovascular disease, TMZ  and The Associated Press reported.

The medical examiner’s office said Warrior, born James Hellwig, died of natural causes not related to drugs or alcohol. The former WWE wrestling star was walking with his wife when he collapsed last week outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., hotel and was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was 54. Warrior, as he was known after he legally changed his name, is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Warrior, one of professional wrestling’s most beloved superstars, appeared on the television shows “Monday Night Raw” and “WrestleMania 30″ days before his death, and had reportedly finalized a new deal with WWE after an 18-year hiatus. He was slated to serve as an ambassador for the wrestling organization. The WWE honored Warrior with a tribute on “Monday Night Raw” last night.



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Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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