April 15 The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most
celebrated names in U.S. professional wrestling, died of natural
causes attributed to heart disease, an Arizona coroner's office
said on Tuesday.
An autopsy on the 54-year-old wrestler, whose given name was
James Hellwig, confirmed his cause of death was
"atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease,"
according to the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner.
The condition occurs when blood vessels that carry oxygen
and nutrients from the heart to the body become blocked or
hardened, restricting blood flow, according to medical experts.
Hellwig collapsed on April 8 outside a hotel in Scottsdale,
Arizona, police said.
His death came just days after he was inducted into the
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc Hall of Fame.
The 6-foot, 2-inch (188 cm) tall, 280-pound (127 kg)
wrestler was one of the most recognizable characters in
professional wrestling, commanding the ring in his signature
neon garb, lengthy blond hair and face paint.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Barbara Goldberg
and Sofina Mirza-Reid)