WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 inductee The Ultimate Warrior

Autopsy reveals Ultimate Warrior died of massive heart attack


James Hellwig, otherwise known as the Ultimate Warrior appears on "WWE Monday Night Raw" for what would be the last time on Monday, April 7, 2014. Photo Credit: WWE

James Hellwig, otherwise known as the Ultimate Warrior appears on “WWE Monday Night Raw” for what would be the last time on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Photo Credit: WWE

The world of professional wrestling was stunned and saddened on April 8th after learning about the tragic death of the Ultimate Warrior who was enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame hours earlier. According to TMZ, the autopsy for the Warrior revealed he died of a heart attack.

“Officials tell TMZ … the official cause of death for Warrrior — real name James Hellwig — was determined to be “Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease” … aka heart disease. Officials classified Warrior’s death as “natural” — meaning neither drugs nor alcohol were directly involved.”

Earlier reports stated Warrior clutched his chest outside of a hotel in Arizona while walking with his wife and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he passed away.

He was only 54 years old and is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw is going to be a tribute to the fallen wrestler who was an iconic figure in the early 90s and was a part of memorable matches with Hulk Hogan and The Macho Man Randy Savage.

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  • John K

    I knew it had nothing to do with steroids. Warrior’s father and grandfather both died in their fifties from heart problems, and Warrior knew it was a possibility that it might happen to him; he said it himself in the early 1990s.

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

      Thanks for the info on the family history John. I would venture a guess that this is what many had guessed would be revealed after the autopsy. Sad news for fans of the sports

  • Josh Rayborn

    A lifetime of steroids did not help.

  • Layton Harman