Former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease, according to FOX Sports
Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick said that finding came from the autopsy conducted Thursday by the county medical examiner's office.
The 54-year-old wrestler, whose real name was James Hellwig, collapsed April 8 while walking with his wife to their car at a Scottsdale hotel and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Scottsdale police said there were no signs of foul play.
Hellwig's death came only three days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and just one day after he made his first appearance on WWE's "Raw" since 1996.
According to WWE, The Ultimate Warrior was "one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever," joined the organization in 1987 and three years later was world champion, defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI at SkyDome in Toronto. The match, billed as the "Ultimate Challenge," lived up to the hype in the eyes of most, a common staple in lists of greatest wrestling matches of all time.
Hellwig and WWE weren't exactly chummy after he left the company in 1996, with lawsuits flying over ownership of The Ultimate Warrior copyright.
I always thought the ultimate Warrior was Chris Mullin ...
Anyway, WWE released a controversial DVD in 2005 titled, "The Self-Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior," which featured many wrestlers giving disparaging remarks about Hellwig. Predictably, that DVD led to yet another lawsuit.