September 25, 2006

by MMAWeekly.com (Photo copyright Tom Casino/ShelbyWalker.com)
According to manager Larry Goldberg, mixed martial artist and professional boxer Shelby Walker was found dead on Saturday, September 23rd. It is believed that she died from an overdose of pain medication.

Affectionately known as Shelby Girl, she was a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts and fought in several title bouts during her boxing career. She was 31 years old.

Goldberg included the following in a post he made to Shelby’s web site, “She was a wonderful person who inspired many people. However, she succumbed to personal demons. Shelby was loved and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.”

He continued, “Shelby should be remembered as the fun loving beautiful person who was the life of any party and got to live her dream. There is so much about her life people never got to know. I had the privilege of managing her and befriending her and watching her fight 2 world champions and experienced with her the thrill of victory and agony of defeat… I know Shelby will be looking down on all of us from heaven.”

We at MMAWeekly.com would like to send out our heartfelt condolences to Shelby’s family, her fiancé, and to our good friend Larry Goldberg.