With a great deal of sadness we have to pass the news on that UFC heavyweight fighter Shane Del Rosario has passed away at the age of 30 almost two weeks after suffering full cardiac arrest.

Del Rosario had initially been found unconscious on November 26th by his room-mate, fellow UFC fighter Ian McCall, and was taken to hospital where doctor’s managed to resuscitate him, but he was left in intensive care on a life support machine with no brain activity being registered.

A glimour of hope emerged later when it was revealed that he was now breathing independently and had been taken off life support, but tragically, despite doctor’s best efforts to attempt to revive his brain and body, he wasn’t able to overcome his condition and he is believed to have been pronounced dead on Sunday.

Doctor’s are reported to be working under the assumption that Del Rosario had a rare heart condition known as Long QT Syndrome which can remain undetected until a problem arises and can often lead to sudden death.

“RIP to one of the best people I’ve ever had the honor to have in my life and call my best friend,” Ian McCall wrote online. “@shanedelrosario helped me threw the toughest time in my life and helped me raise my daughter. Love you big fella. #ohana”

A former muay-thai champion, Del Rosario had an 11-2 professional record in mixed martial arts and fought for promotions like Strikeforce, M-1 and King Of The Cage before making it to the UFC in 2012.

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