UFC Fighter Shane del Rosario Passes Away at 30

December 9, 2013
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Shane-Del-Rosario-478x2701UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario has passed away after being hospitalized following a full cardiac arrest.

He was 30 years old.

“The del Rosario family and I, and all of our family, teammates and friends thank everyone for their prayers and support,” Oyama wrote on his Facebook page when del Rosario was first admitted to the hospital nearly two weeks ago, knowing that del Resario was in a difficult condition. “God has a different path for Shane to take and instead has chosen to take him away from us to be with his forefathers in Heaven. Yet through all of this our faith in God remains unwavering.”

Del Rosario was rushed to Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., after collapsing in his home on Tuesday, Nov. 26, said the fighter’s representative, Jason House. The fighter was in full cardiac arrest when he arrived at a Southern California emergency room, where he was resuscitated and placed in the coronary care unit in critical condition.

Doctors tried several measures to see if del Rosario might respond, but he eventually succumbed to his condition.

“Doctors believe he may suffer from a rare condition called Long QT Syndrome, which is a genetic anomaly that can cause a sudden and life-threatening heart rhythm abnormality, and may result in sudden death,” House said in a recent statement. “Tragically, it strikes healthy, young people, and often is the first and only presentation of a heart problem.”

Beginning his professional MMA career in 2006, del Rosario reeled off 11 consecutive wins and was widely regarded as a top heavyweight prospect.

In 2011, del Rosario became the victim of a drunk driver and was injured in a car accident. The accident injured the fighter to the point of having to bow out of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, MMAWeekly.com reported in May 2011.

Following the car wreck, del Rosario won one more Strikeforce fight before moving to the Octagon and losing the first two fights of his UFC tenure. He was scheduled to face Guto Inocente at UFC 168, but both fighters had to withdraw from the fight for undisclosed injuries.

Several of those close to him took to various social media platforms on Monday to express their love and appreciation for their friend, but none was perhaps more poignant than from his friend and roommate, UFC fighter Ian McCall.

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

Shane del Rosario’s professional mixed martial arts record will forever stand at 11 wins and two losses.

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  • nononononononono
    gone too soon.

    RIP 🙁

  • Obi-Wan Granoli

    he fought til the bitter end… sad.

  • David Huenecke

    This is very sad news. I was hoping he would pull through. R.I.P

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  • stockton

    god bless…RIP

  • Chicago

    God took him so that he could train Gods army how to head and arm choke the opposition. Don’t pity him. celebrate his life.

  • jeremy casteen

    RIP. May God Bless Your Family with the peace that comes with knowing this was all part of His Plan. We will never understand why He chooses to take someone so young and full of promise. Its not our place to understand it, just keep Faith in Him That He will lead us all who accept Him into the Promised Land! See ya soon Big Fella .NOW GO REST…….THE FIGHT IS DONE!!!!!!!

    • Spew this repulsively verbose god talk somewhere else and let his soul rest.

      • candelario

        You say “repulsively verbose god talk” then say “let his soul rest”… you must be some mixed-up atheist

        • Yes, because you absolutely have to believe in a religion to harbor the viewpoint of somebody having a soul. Makes sense…

          Just using this poor man’s passing to interject your b******* testament into another vulnerable group of people cherishing his life instead of seeing its expiration as another soapbox…it’s embarrassing.

      • fsunoles10

        haha dude you’re an idiot.

      • #1mmafan.

        With a name like fetus sandwich, I wouldn’t expect anything less. One life to make an eternal choice. I hope you choose wisely. Have a good day!

        • Oh awesome–you must be of a higher moral fiber since you believe in a plastic god that ironically practices in forgiveness as you sit and judge people in his name for no apparent reason. Take care!

        • #1mmafan.

          I’m not judging you. I was just making an observation by what you posted and the name that you use. Why are you so offended by what Jeremy posted? It wasn’t directed toward you. It seems as though no matter what christians say directly or indirectly some people such as yourself get offended. If you choose to not believe in God that’s your free will choice and i respect that. But you must learn to respect other choices and not to take it personally. I don’t believe in bigfoot,ufos,reincarnation,evolution,etc.but i don’t take it personal when others do. Besides this is still a free country and we do have the right to express our beliefs. And one last thing. Whether you choose to believe in God or not He is real and believes in you. Have a great day!

          • Brandon Kohn

            bigfoot blesses you. have a good day.

          • Mike mckinney

            You wrote “With a name like fetus sandwich, I wouldn’t expect anything less. ”

            To have an expectation of someone based on their username wouldn’t you have to make a judgement about it?
            Had you read his username and post and made no judgement how could it be possiable to have an expectation?
            It’s incredibly ignorant to not judge people based upon their actions and comments. Everyone does it everyday. It’s human nature, and how we survive.
            I’m not picking sides, but you shouldn’t let others make you dishonest with yourself. 😉

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  • Big Tuna

    You’re a retard. Jump already

  • Big Tuna

    Shane was a class act and a gentleman! You will be missed!

  • Gary Fredericks

    That is horrible. RIP Del Rosario.

  • J.D.C.D.

    RIP Big man. You fought all the way to the end.

  • Theinstruction.com

    Ugh that’s so sad… Seemed like an awesome guy.

  • knockout67

    Way to young..R.I.P.

  • mmaforever

    God bless you Shane!