Las Vegas police are investigating the death of mixed martial arts fighter Blas Avena as a possible suicide, according to a report from TMZ.com.
Avena, 32, was reportedly found dead in his Las Vegas apartment at 11:36 a.m. local time on Wednesday.
“Arriving police and medical personnel located an adult male who was pronounced deceased at the scene. As of now the death is being investigated as a suicide,” a Las Vegas Metro Police Department spokesperson told TMZ.
An autopsy was reportedly completed earlier this week but an official cause of death won’t be revealed until more tests are completed, according to the report.
Avena compiled an 8-7 record with one no contest over the course of an MMA career that began in 2005. He competed against former UFC talents such as Tiki Ghosn, Josh Neer and Brock Jardine during his professional tenure, which included brief stints in both the WEC and Bellator MMA. Avena last appeared at Bellator 96 on June 19, 2013, losing to troubled fighter War Machine via first-round technical knockout.