The Ultimate Warrior, one of wrestling's biggest stars of the late 1980s and early 1990s, died of heart disease, according to the Maricopa County (Ariz.) medical examiner's office.
Days after his induction into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame and a reconciliation with WWE, Warrior collapsed outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., hotel last Tuesday while walking with his wife Dana. Warrior had made his first appearance on "Monday Night Raw" since 1996 the night before his death.
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An autopsy was performed Thursday with the cause and manner of death released Monday.
According to Maricopa County, Warrior, 54, died of "atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease" and of natural causes. The medical examiner's office will continue its investigation into Warrior's death, in consultation with his family and doctors, although a full autopsy report likely won't be completed for several months.
Born James Hellwig, he had legally changed his name to Warrior. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
WWE planned a tribute show to him Monday night on "Raw."