Wanderlei Silva Loses Father in Tragic Car Accident

August 27, 2012
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Wanderlei Silva and his dad, HolandoFormer Pride champion and current UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva recently took the hardest blow of his storied career, losing his father, who died in a tragic car accident.

Holando Pinheiro da Silva died Sunday in a head-on collision while driving in the Brazilian state of Paraná, according to a report from Gracie Magazine, which cited local Brazilian news sources.

Wanderlei had been in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, recently, visiting his family. He took fans on a tour of where he used to live and introduced much of his family, including his father, who is featured extensively in the video below.

Wanderlei was at his home in Las Vegas when he found out about the tragedy and is of course headed home for his father’s burial.

The outpouring of support for the legendary fighter was immediate, coming in waves via the popular social media site Twitter, where Wanderlei is a very active participant, constantly communicating with his fans.

“I haven’t the words to thank you all for your support. We end up not knowing what to do, but it’s at times like this that we know who is on our side. Thank you very much,” Wand posted in Portuguese over Twitter.

Wanderlei had recently been rumored for a possible fight with Patrick Cote at UFC on Fuel TV 6 in Macau, China.

The MMAWeekly.com staff sends our sincere condolences to Wanderlei and his family.

  • Such sad news. Wandy is not just a legendary fighter but an incredible, kind human being as well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.


    Prayers for Wand and his Family. Its obvious in that video Wand has a close knit and loving family. No wonder hes such a nice guy. I wish them comfort in this hard time.

  • TKD

    Really terrible news for such a seemingly good guy. Hope he and his family are ok.

  • MMAGod

    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • streetfightertoo

    Much Love and respect to Wandy and his family, sorry to hear the tragic news.

  • Skatanicus

    Wanderlei has always been a great rep of the sport and an awesome human being.

  • RubeKegal

    It’s amazing how I’m a grown man and after seeing a video like this, it brings me to tears. I wish nothing but the best for the Silva Family. I met him at the MGM in Vegas one time and he was literally the nicest guy and signed every single autograph as people kept coming up more and more. What more can you ask out of a human being? Great man, great champion, my heart goes out to their family in such a tragic time.