You could not find a scarier man in neon spandex.
Wrestling star the Ultimate Warrior has died at 54, according to a statement posted on the Web site of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). No cause of death was released.
The Ultimate Warrior might have been born James Hellwig, but he changed his name officially to Warrior in 1993. Heralded as the man who made personality a full-on requirement of wrestling showmanship, he was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame over the weekend.
Warrior’s death came as a shock — he’d appeared on “Monday Night Raw,” WWE’s weekly television show, days earlier. His Wrestlemania VI battle against archrival Hulk Hogan is remembered as one of the best in pro-wrestling history.
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” Warrior said at “Monday Night Raw”after donning a mask that mimicked his iconic makeup. “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, it makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.” He pointed to the audience. “You are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior.”