It is with a heavy heart that I bring sad news of UFC Heavyweight Shane Del Rosario's passing, the 30 year old Strikeforce and UFC competitor was in a critical condition following a cardiac arrest suffered at his home on Tuesday.
Doctors resuscitated Shane upon his arrival in ER, but were unable to bring the embattled Heavyweight to a stable condition. A few words from Del Rosario’s coach Colin Oyama:
"The Del Rosario family and I, and all of our family, team-mates and friends thank everyone for their prayers and support. God has a different path for Shane to take and instead has chosen to take Him away from us to be with his forefathers in Heaven. Yet through all of this our Faith in GOD remains unwavering."
Words truly escape me at such a time of terrible loss, all I can say is that we at Lowkick send our thoughts and prayers out to Del Rosario’s family, friends and team. There is much lost at such a saddening time as this, but the memories that Del Rosario leaves behind are of a family man, hard worker and record breaker. A few words from Dana White:
RIP Shane Del Rosario pic.twitter.com/M0MzCKJgTK— Dana White (@danawhite) November 28, 2013
Big John McCarthy had this to say:
So sorry and sad to hear that Shane is not going to make it out of this tragedy. May god bless and protect him on his journey. RIP Shane— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) November 29, 2013
Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva posted the following:
MMA legend Bas Rutten released these words:
I just found out that Shane del Rosario passed away. Man, I always liked him such a bad news. RIP and my thoughts are with his family— Bas Rutten (@BasRuttenMMA) November 28, 2013
Shane was the first American to become WBC Muay Thai Champion and held 11 wins in MMA, all by knockout or submission. He was a warrior. I don’t know what else to say except this is a dark day for MMA. Rest in peace Shane Del Rosario.
UPDATE: The site that originally posted the story, espn.com, has now claimed that Del Rosario is showing no brain activity and will be removed from life support today. I apologize for any confusion or concern caused and again send out my deepest regrets to the Del Rosario family.