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Wrestling legend Ultimate Warrior dies days after Hall of Fame induction

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(WVVA and NBC NEWS) -- Professional wrestling legend the Ultimate Warrior has died at the age of 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE's Hall of Fame.

"WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior," World Wrestling Entertainment Inc said on its website.

The cause of death was not immediately announced, though celebrity news website TMZ reports that Warrior collapsed while walking outside an Arizona hotel with his wife Tuesday evening.

The Ultimate Warrior rose to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Born James Hellwig, he began his WWE career in 1987 and became one of its biggest stars.

His crowning professional moment came in 1990 when he defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI in Toronto to become WWE (then WWF) champion.

He was inducted into the WWE's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

"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," the company said.

In what would be his last public appearance, Warrior appeared on WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' program for the first time in nearly two decades and addressed the crowd with the following words:

"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 bleed 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."

Warrior is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.

Supporters and wrestlers took to the internet to express their respect for Warrior and his family:

"Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters"
-- Triple H

"We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters."
-- Vince McMahon

"Heartbroken. My sincerest condolences go out to The Warrior's family. Seeing how much he loved his daughters and his wife this weekend makes it all the more heartbreaking. The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite as a kid, and getting to speak to him this weekend was one of my favorite moments. He was so nice to me."
-- WWE Champion Daniel Bryan

"RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH" -- Hulk Hogan

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