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Wrestler Ultimate Warrior died of heart disease: autopsy

Published on Apr 16, 2014 10:21 AM
 

(Reuters) - The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most celebrated names in American professional wrestling, died of natural causes attributed to heart disease, an Arizona coroner's office said on Tuesday.

An autopsy on the 54-year-old wrestler, whose given name was James Hellwig, confirmed his cause of death was "atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease", according to the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner.

The condition occurs when blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the body become blocked or hardened, restricting blood flow, according to medical experts.

Hellwig collapsed on April 8 outside a hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, police said.

 
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