Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Shane del Rosario has died at age 30 after suffering cardiac arrest in his home on November 26. The UFC fighter was on life support after being brought to Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California in full cardiac arrest. Many reports indicated he had died but he was successfully taken off life support and remained in a coma breathing on his own.
Emergency room personnel were able to revive Del Rosario but he was in critical condition and was placed on life support shortly after arriving at the hospital. No official statement has been made by the fighter’s family however his management and training team have made statements on the situation.
Del Rosario started as a kickboxer and eventually became a UFC heavyweight fighter. The Orange County, California native returned to the ring last year after being struck by a drunk driver in April, 2011. He started his fighting career at Strikeforce with 11-0 and 10 first-round stoppages. He had an upcoming fight with Guto Inocente but was cancelled due to a rib injury. He leaves the fight world with a 11-2 (MMA) 0-2 (UFC) record.
Reportedly, the fighter’s family made the decision to take him off life support when no brain activity was detected. Del Rosario was able to breath on his own contradicting reports that he had died once off life support.
Jason House, Del Rosario’s manager, commented, “Doctors believe he may suffer from a rare condition called Long QT Syndrome, which is a genetic anomaly that can cause a sudden and life-threatening heart rhythm abnormality, and may result in sudden death.”
His training team ‘Team Oyama’ posted on Facebook, “Thank you for all your prayers and wishes. Shane fought till the very end and is in a better place now. We love you Shane!”