The WWE announced on its website late Tuesday that James Hellwig, known in the professional wrestling world as The Ultimate Warrior, had died.
The announcement followed rumors of the wrestler's death just days before, leading many to suspect that the announcement was another hoax. Tweets from wrestling stars like Triple H and his wife, Steph McMahon, served as confirmation.
Hellwig made two public appearances in the last week. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday and appeared on Monday Night Raw on Monday.
Video of his Monday Night Raw appearance on April 7.
Video of his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5.
Tracy Clayton is an audio producer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.