Hegstrand died on October 19, 2003 in the early morning in his home in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida at the age of 46. His friends said that he and his wife Dale had recently bought a condominium near their current home and were packing their boxes the night before. Hegstrand said that he felt tired and went to take a nap. When his wife checked on him at about 1 A.M., he had died of an apparent heart attack. He had battles with alcohol and drugs throughout his career and was an admitted steroids user. At the time of his death, Hawk and Animal were working on a book entitled, "Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuaaaaaaah O Whhhhhat a Ruuuuuush." After the book was completed, Road Warrior dedicated the book to his late partner and childhood friend.