Ultimate Warrior’s Cause of Death: Massive Heart Attack
No toxicology results yet, but death listed as 'natural'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2014 8:25 AM CDT
In this Monday, April 7, 2014 photo, James Hellwig, better known as The Ultimate Warrior, performs for the audience during WWE Monday Night Raw at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.   (AP Photo/NOLA.com, David Grunfeld)

(Newser) – Ultimate Warrior, the wrestling icon who collapsed and died last week just after his return to the WWE, suffered a massive heart attack, Radar reports. The medical examiner's office listed his cause of death as "natural," due to heart disease, but will still conduct a death investigation. "They plan to do a full medical history report as well as a toxicology report to see if he had any drugs in his system when he died," says a source inside the office. "They don’t just want to know the cause, its also important for them to figure out 'how he got there.'"

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Apr 15, 2014 4:56 PM CDT
what's the difference between a heart attack and a massive heart attack?
Apr 15, 2014 1:18 PM CDT
Sometimes it isn't drugs recently taken that does you in. It's the damage you do to your body over the years that gets you. Steroids aside, it's been proven that increased Testosterone levels can shorten lifespan by hardening the arteries, increasing blood pressure, etc. I'm betting that it was his career that killed him more than anything else.
Apr 15, 2014 10:16 AM CDT
And here i thought he died in his sleep. Wrong! Keeling over from a MASSIVE heart attack -- ouch! That's gotta be the most excruciating way to die. I never get the sense that these wrestlers eat healthy, especially when they get into their elder years.