James Hellwig, who portrayed The Ultimate Warrior, has passed away at the age of 54, just a day after his return to the WWE for his Hall of Fame induction and a pair of typically gonzo speeches. Because there were so many rumors of Hellwig's death in the 1990s and replacement in the role, it's impossible not to have some suspicion that it's a work, but this seems legit, which reframes his words from Monday night into something both sad and prescient:
No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. 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.