UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario has passed away at the age of 30 in a California hospital following a series of severe heart attacks nearly two weeks ago.
Del Rosario’s Team Oyama teammates confirmed the sad news via Twitter.
RIP to one of the best people I’ve ever had the honor to have in my life and call my best friend.… http://t.co/P1uFUomU91
— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) December 9, 2013
Yes, it is true. My teammate Shane Del Rosario has passed away. RIP Shane :(( #TeamOyama
— Carla Esparza (@CarlaEsparza1) December 9, 2013
Originally reported by Sherdog, Del Rosario was found unconscious at his home by McCall, who called 911 and administered CPR until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.
After some initial reports that Del Rosario had passed away on Thanksgiving, his manager Jason House revealed that his client was alive but “needed a miracle.”
Del Rosario’s management team would later release a statement saying doctors were looking at the potential that the heavyweight had a rare heart condition known as Long QT Syndrome that can go undetected.
A former kickboxer and Muy Thai practitioner, Del Rosario made his MMA debut in 2006 and started off with an impressive 11 fight winning streak, including 10 first round finishes. He looked to be on the path to greatness was scheduled to face off against Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum, in what would have been the biggest fight of his young career.
But after being struck by a drunk driver while he was stopped at a red light, Del Rosario was forced to pull out the bout with a herniated disc. He wouldn’t compete again until 2012 where he dropped back to back fights against to UFC heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Pat Barry.
Del Rosario was scheduled to face Dave Herman at UFC 162 in July, until an injury forced him to pull out. His most recent scheduled fight was supposed to come against Guto Inocente at UFC 168 but a rib injury forced him to pull out of yet another fight.