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Pro Wrestling Legend The Ultimate Warrior Dead at 54

Mark Mainz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Ultimate Warrior, one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, has died at the age of 54, according to World Wrestling Entertainment.

His death comes just a day after the former pro wrestler appeared on WWE Raw, and only days after he was inducted into the WWE 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,” a statement from WWE reads.

The cause of his death was not mentioned.

Warrior, born James Brian Hellwig, legally changed his name in 1993. He began his career in 1987 and had become one of the biggest stars in the company by 1990, defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to win the world title.

Saturday's Hall of Fame induction marked his return to WWE after an 18-year absence. During his Hall of Fame speech, he announced that he'd signed a new multi-year deal with WWE to serve as an official ambassador.

The wrestler is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters.

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