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Updated: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:38:03 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Ultimate Warrior, WWE hall of famer, dies at 54



IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - The Ultimate Warrior speaks during the WWE Hall of Fame Induction at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, April 5, 2014. (© Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - The Ultimate Warrior speaks during the WWE Hall of Fame Induction at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, April 5, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE) (Jonathan Bachman/The Associated Press

The Ultimate Warrior, a wrestler who just days ago was inducted into the WWE hall of fame, has died at the age of 54.

The WWE released a statement on its website saying it is "deeply saddened" to hear about the passing of "one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever." The organization sent "its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans."

The cause of his death was not given.

On Monday, the iconic wrestler, whose given name was James Hellwig, addressed his screaming fans from the ring at an event.

"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own," he said. "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath."

A man's spirit is immortalized by the memory of the people who honour him, he said.

"You, you, you," he said, pointing at people in the audience. "You are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior."

He began his WWE career in 1987, and went on to defeat Hulk Hogan to become a WWE champion at WrestleMania VI in Toronto. It was his only championship, which he successfully defended for nine months.

He is survived by his wife and their two daughters.

On mobile? Watch The Ultimate Warrior's speech here.

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