Sadly, it’s now been confirmed that former UFC fighter Corey Hill has died at the age of 36 after a battle with pneumonia.

Hill had been in hospital for a few weeks and after being diagnosed with fungal pneumonia he then experienced complications with a collapsed lung and a heart attack, leading to him officially being confirmed dead on Friday.

Known as ‘The Real Deal’, the former TUF season 5 and three-time UFC competitor is survived by his wife Lauren and four children.

“Corey was a loving husband and devoted father,” Hill’s wife told TMZ Sports. “He was such a strong role model for our children, and would do anything to keep them safe and happy and healthy.

“[He was] a fighter til the end.”

The UFC also released an official statement to pay their respects to Hill and his family.

“The UFC family mourns the tragic loss of Corey Hill, who passed away on May 15 due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 36. Fans will remember Corey for his time as a lightweight competitor who fought multiple times for the organization in 2008 and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 5. UFC sends its condolences to the family and friends of Corey Hill.”

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