The Ultimate Warrior, one of U.S. professional wrestling's most celebrated names, has died at the age of 54, days after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc Hall of Fame, the company said late on Tuesday.
The 6ft 2, 280-pound (127 kg) wrestler commanded the ring in his signature neon garb and long, blond hair, and face paint.
Friend and wrestling rival Hulk Hogan tweeted his condolences:
The cause of his death was not given. He was added to the Hall of Fame on April 5 to which he thanked his fans.
Wrestler TripleH also added his voice to the condolences online along with Steph McMahon:
The Ultimate Warrior, whose given name was James Hellwig, began his WWE career in 1987 and rose to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history, the company said, highlighting an "epic encounter" in which he defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become a WWE Champion.
In a statement on his website a week before his death, The Warrior wrote: