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Wrestler Ultimate Warrior died from cardiovascular disease

PHOENIX — Authorities in Phoenix said former pro wrestler The Ultimate
Warrior died of cardiovascular disease.

Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick said that’s the finding from an
autopsy conducted Thursday by the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

The 54-year-old wrestler’s given name was James Hellwig. He collapsed April 8
while walking with his wife to their car at the Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale and was
pronounced dead at a hospital.

Scottsdale police have said there were no signs of foul play.

The Ultimate Warrior was one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars in the late


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