UFC Heavyweight Shane del Rosario Dies at Age 30 After Suffering Cardiac Arrest

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 9, 2013

Shane del Rosario is dead at the age of 30 nearly two weeks after suffering cardiac arrest.

The UFC issued a statement regarding del Rosario on Monday:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship mourns the tragic loss heavyweight competitor Shane del Rosario, who died at age 30. Del Rosario suffered a heart attack on Tuesday, Nov. 26, as a result of what doctors believe to be a congenital heart disorder, according to his manager Jason House. The entire organization sends its deepest condolences to Shane's family and friends.

Del Rosario was found unconscious at his home by his roommate, UFC flyweight Ian McCall on Nov. 26. McCall then dialed 911 and administered CPR before Del Rosario was transported to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif.

Shane del Rosario had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning,” House manager, said in a statement released to Sherdog.com on Nov. 27. “He was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family.”

House would later issue another statement relaying that doctors believed a rare heart condition called Long QT Syndrome may have been the cause of del Rosario’s sudden hospitalization.

Del Rosario remained on life support for several days after his hospitalization. He was eventually removed from life support and was able to survive until Sunday, according to MMAJunkie.com.

After beginning his professional MMA career with 11 straight victories -- including three with Strikeforce -- Del Rosario suffered a herniated disc in an April 2011 car accident. He returned to make his Octagon debut against Stipe Miocic at UFC 146, where he lost via second-round TKO. He was knocked out by Pat Barry in his last outing at “The Ultimate Fighter 16” finale.

“RIP to one of the best people I've ever had the honor to have in my life and call my best friend,” McCall wrote on his Twitter account Monday.


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