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Ultimate Warrior died from cardiovascular disease

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities in Phoenix say former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease.

Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says 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 a Scottsdale hotel 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 1980s.

Ultimate Warrior Autopsy Reveals Cause of Death

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frankevero April 16 2014 at 3:24 PM

You can be sure that he used steroids for many years to achieve his physical objectives that helped to give him fame and fortune. Unfortunately, that and his agressive lifestyle all contributed to this unfortunate conclusion.

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tjuliussr April 16 2014 at 12:25 PM

all people want to talk drugs and steroids, in that profession it is expected. i am 62 years young, I DO NOT DRINK OR SMOKE OR TAKE DRUGS. at 44 i went thru 4 way bypass. doctor said GENETICS. a passage in the bible THE SINS OF THY FATHER SHALL BE VISITED ON THY SONS 10 FOLD. what are you leaving for your kids?????????

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Dan tjuliussr April 16 2014 at 12:31 PM

Sorry but steroid/drug abuse should never be expected or tolerated in any profession. In past decades pro-wrestlers built themselves up by going on a training diet high in meats, eggs and protien-rich foods and a regimen of body building/weight-lifting excercise. When you have the responsibility of a family, dangerous shortcuts such as steroid use are unacceptable.

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nabwolf tjuliussr April 16 2014 at 12:46 PM

What does the Bible have to do with your genetic heart disease? How stupid a comment.

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thankgodikauai nabwolf October 12 2014 at 4:24 AM

god gave him the "disease lol

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caw24769 April 16 2014 at 12:22 PM

i have heard of hyper-active people, that is people who exercise alot, not ADHD, often live shorter lives, because of all the strain they put on thier heart over the years. still doesnt explain how much warrior will be missed, GOD bless you and your family.

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Dave April 16 2014 at 12:21 PM

Thanks for the autopsy report, Dr. Feelgood!! I am sure Vince McMann didn't pay you to do this report or anything like that. I think we all have a pretty good idea that ROIDS were the cause. You can call me Dr. Pepper!!!

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tcwaterland Dave April 16 2014 at 12:26 PM

I was thinking the same thing...............I hope I'm wrong!!!!

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fawazblueme April 16 2014 at 12:21 PM

I was so happy when this icon surfaced for the WWE all of fame induction after all this year. He was one of my favorite ever. My heart was broken, shut of words. My the LORD ALMIGHTY COMFORT ALL HIS LOVE ONES. I am so so sad.

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tubajew April 16 2014 at 12:18 PM

More steroids please.

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wolfecane April 16 2014 at 12:16 PM

That is the downside of steroid use.

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anirschl wolfecane April 16 2014 at 12:20 PM

Thanks again for the diagnosis doc! Maybe you can attest to his teeth always being so white because he used dental steroids too!

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don anirschl June 23 2014 at 4:40 PM

LOL...or the use of toothpaste on a regular basis?

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sturgeonmaws wolfecane April 16 2014 at 12:27 PM

It`s also possible his diet had something to do with it. When you consume 300 or more grams of animal protein a day......it has to take a toll eventually. Most in the body building world consumes huge amounts of protein on a daily basis. Not possible to get that big on just soy protein supplements alone .

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didonato4 April 16 2014 at 12:14 PM

I loved the Warrior! Will miss him and all the other WWE wrestlers who have died too early. Very sad.

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bobbowler1958 April 16 2014 at 4:23 PM

may u have the ultimate time in the ultimate place.

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