WWE Stars And Fans Pay Tribute To The Ultimate Warrior
Hulk Hogan and Daniel Bryan among famous names to express their sorrow...
Three different hashtags were trending on Twitter today as the shock news spread - with fans paying tribute under the tags #RIPWarrior, #RIPUltimateWarrior and #ThankYouWarrior.
His most famous adversary, Hulk Hogan, wrote simply: "RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH"
RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014
Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan tweeted: "Heartbroken. My sincerest condolences go out to The Warrior's family.
"Seeing how much he loved his daughters and his wife this weekend makes it all the more heartbreaking. The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite as a kid, and getting to speak to him this weekend was one of my favorite moments.
"He was so nice to me. #RIPWarrior"
Triple H wrote: "Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters"
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014
And WWE boss Vince McMahon, with whom Hellwig had recently patched up his differences before being inducted into the company's Hall Of Fame, wrote: "We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters."
We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 9, 2014
But the majority of messages on social media were from members of the public, many of whom had been fans of the Warrior as children.
One user, @RichMHN, wrote: "Can remember as a 9yr old wearing my @wwe Wrestlemania 6 tape out- ultimate warrior vs @HulkHogan. A childhood hero gone #RIPUltimateWarrior"
And @Missy_Chances tweeted: "The Ultimate Warrior was my childhood idol, so pleased he had the chance to be inducted!Keep shaking those ropes!! #RIPUltimateWarrior"