On Saturday night, THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR and the WWE put years of bad blood behind them, when Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Three days later, he was dead.
There's no word on the cause of death, but Warrior was only 54 years old. And "Warrior" WAS his legal name. He changed it from his birth name, JAMES HELLWIG, years ago.
Warrior is survived by his wife Dana and their two young daughters, who sat proudly in the audience with his mother as he gave his induction speech on Saturday.
He was actually the headliner of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held as part of "Wrestlemania 30" weekend. He even made an appearance on Monday night's episode of "Raw" on the USA Network.
He actually seemed to be in good spirits and good health during his Hall of Fame speech.
Ironically, the crowd started chanting "One more match", and he replied, quote, "Now you're being kind. And that's cool . . . The one more match thing isn't gonna happen, but other bigger things are gonna happen."
WWE superstar and executive TRIPLE H Tweeted out the breaking news last night.
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014
HULK HOGAN, who LOST the title to the Warrior at "Wrestlemania 6", said, quote, "RIP WARRIOR. only love."
The Warrior made his WWE debut in 1987, back when it was still the WWF. He quit in 1991, came back in 1992 and was fired later that year. He came back in 1996, but was let go again later that year.
In 1998, he joined the rival wrestling company WCW. But he wasn't happy there, and ended up retiring from wrestling altogether in 1999. (He did wrestle one match in 2008, though. But not for the WWE.)
Warrior had some recent ties to the Rock and Roll scene too, appearing in a pair of episodes for a web series as a bootcamp motivator of sorts for the metalcore band Asking Alexandria and eloctronicore act I See Stars. Those episodes can be seen below.