From:Sharon Lee, Digital Sub-Editor, BT Online, posted on 30 April at 3:59 PM
30 April at 3:59 PM

Ultimate Warrior's death shocks this fan

I literally stood three metres from the wrestling legend Ultimate Warrior and less than 24 hours later, he was dead.

I had attended Raw on April 7 in New Orleans, the night after Wrestlemania 30 and just two days after he was inducted into WWE's Hall Of Fame.

My seat at Raw was the row closest to the stage which gave me a great view of wrestlers making their entrances.

I was a fan of Warrior's colourful persona but not a fan of the man himself, having heard many stories of him demanding lots of money for his memorabilia and getting his legal team to remove Ebay auctions deemed to have infringed on his copyright.

I had also heard of his tendency to ramble, which was another reason why I skipped the Hall of Fame ceremony on April 5 2014, even though I was offered a free ticket.

A colleague told me the next day it ended at 11.30pm, and I congratulated myself for not going.

Maybe I should have gone.

It was obvious to anyone who watched Raw that Warrior was not in the best of health. The short walk from the ramp to the ring left him sweating profusely.

When he spoke, it was in a hoarse voice which left him gasping for breath.

"I am the Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever."

The official autopsy revealed heart disease due to natural causes.

It's almost as if he knew his time was up after all.


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