WWE’s Ultimate Warrior dies, aged 54

WWE wrestler Ultimate Warrior has died, aged 54.

Warrior – who was born James Hellwig before legally changing his name in 1993 – was last seen on WWE just days ago on the Monday Night Raw show.

The Superstar, who returned to the company after an 18-year absence at a ceremony at New Orleans Arena on Saturday as part of the WrestleMania XXX celebrations, was inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 5.

Warrior recently signed a new three-year contract to appear as an ambassador for WWE, after previously leaving in 1991, 1992 and 1996.

In a statement, the professional wrestling broadcaster said: “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.”

The cause of Warrior’s death is currently unknown.