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WWE offers tribute to the Ultimate Warrior on Monday Night RAW

Jay Busbee
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Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54
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FILE - In this April 5, 2014 file photo provided by the WWE, James Hellwig, aka The Ultimate Warrior, speaks during the WWE Hall of Fame Induction at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The WWE said Hellwig, one of pro wrestling's biggest stars in the late 1980s, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was 54. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE, File)

Last Monday, WWE honored the Ultimate Warrior with a Hall of Fame tribute. The very next day, Warrior died in Scottsdale, Ariz., victim of a massive heart attack. This week, WWE offered its tribute:

Warrior, who legally changed his name from James Hellwig, died from what the Maricopa County medical examiner's office termed natural causes brought on by “atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”

In effect, he delivered his own eulogy on Monday night, saying, "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever."

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