Death of a Warrior
Just days after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, WWE confirmed the Ultimate Warrior died last night. He was 54 years old.
According to TMZ, Warrior collapsed outside an Arizona hotel while walking to his car with his wife, Dana.
On Monday night, Warrior (he legally changed his name to that in 1993) may have only walked down the ramp to ring, but still shook the ropes before starting a now eerie speech:
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 believe 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.
I am happy his young daughters were able to not only see their father inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday night, but were also able to see him cheered by the fans while sitting front row at Raw Monday night.
Warrior is a past WWF Champion and Intercontinental Champion. He made his WWF/WWE debut in 1987.
Many Superstars of past and present offered their condolences and memories on social media:
RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014
We talked,both forgave each other,we hugged ,we shook hands as we told each other I love you,I am so sad,God bless his beautiful family HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014
Of the people inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2014 the smart money was on me and Jake checking out first....NOT the Warrior. RIP #BROTHER— Scott Hall (@SCOTTHALLNWO) April 9, 2014
Too soon. Warpaint was was barely dry... RIP Ultimate Warrior. An icon.— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) April 9, 2014
Met Ultimate Warrior Saturday, now he's gone.Life is crazy. Happy I met one of my childhood heroes, even if it was for a moment #RIPWarrior— Epico (@WWEEpico) April 9, 2014