Talk to me about present day wrestling and I’m of no good. Talk to me about the legends of our childhood, we can shoot the breeze well into the next morning. Following one of the most controversial and legendary weekends in WWE history, the sport took another devastating blow with the sudden passing of the Ultimate Warrior.
Per a WWE statement:
WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.
To be quite honest, the Ultimate Warrior (real name Jim Hellwig) death rumor was a lot like the “B.G. overdosed” rumor in rap a few years back. It emerged every couple of months with completely unsubstantiated sources. Unfortunately, this time, the news was confirmed and one of the most unique and beloved figures in wrestling history has passed on.
Death is always a sobering topic to deal with. In Warrior’s case, however, it was his final public appearance – eerily serving as own eulogy – last night on Monday Night Raw and a quote that will forever send chills down the spines, “Every man’s heart one day beats it final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath.”
Rest in power.