UFC welterweight contender and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields lost his father, friend, and manager on Tuesday.
Jack Shields reportedly died peacefully in his sleep, passing sometime during the night. Jack was 67 years of age when he passed at his home in Sacramento, Calif.
“Lost my father, manager, and one of my best friends today! R.I.P. Jack, you will be greatly missed and loved by many,” wrote Jake Shields on his team’s Gracie Fighter website on Tuesday.
Jack was a constant supporter of his son’s career from instilling strong values to encouraging him to managing him to supporting him. The elder Shields was a staple at Jake’s fights.
“Jack would often make the long drive from his home to watch Jake practice and was always at Jake’s fights. He was part of our team and we will miss him,” read a message from the team at Gracie Fighter.
There was no word at the time of publication if Jake had determined whether or not his father’s passing would alter his decision to fight Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25 on Sept. 17 in New Orleans.
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