Nearly two weeks after going into cardiac arrest, at just thirty years of age, Shane del Rosario has passed away.
The UFC made this official announcement regarding his passing:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship mourns the tragic loss of heavyweight competitor Shane Del Rosario, who has passed away at the age of 30. Del Rosario suffered a heart attack on Tuesday, Nov. 26 as a result of what doctors believe to a congenital heart disorder, according to his manager Jason House.
Before transitioning into mixed martial arts in 2006, del Rosario (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) began his fighting career in kickboxing and muay Thai. As a mixed martial artist with a striking background, del Rosario preferred to keep his fights standing, and he did an excellent job at it. Of his eleven career victories, eight of them were achieved by first round knockout.
Before signing with the UFC, del Rosario went undefeated while fighting under organizations such as Strikeforce and M-1 Challenge. He received his first loss at his UFC debut in 2012 against Stipe Miocic, and another one shortly after to Pat Barry. He was then scheduled to face Guto Inocente but had to pull out of the bout due to a rib injury.
On November 26th, 2013, del Rosario was found passed out in his bathroom in the early morning by his roommate, UFC flyweight Ian McCall. McCall immediately called 911 and began administering CPR in a desperate attempt to save his friend’s life. Eventually, Del Rosario was taken to the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California. The doctors informed his friends and family that he had suffered full cardiac arrest as a result of a double heart attack. According to his training camp, he had no known prior health issues with his heart. The hospital managed to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rhythm and blood pressure, but the thirty year old fighter remained unconscious. According to his friend and training partner, Erik Apple, del Rosario’s liver and kidneys weren’t functioning, so he had to be put on dialysis.
While unconscious, doctors had informed his family that he was showing little to no brain activity. After some time, del Rosario’s family decided to take him off life support. A few days later, he passed away.
According to ABC News, del Rosario’s family will honor his wishes to be an organ donor.
Here at SciFighting, our prayers, thoughts, and condolences go out to his family, friends, teammates, and all his fans. Though we know it may be difficult, we wish the happiest holidays possible for his family and hope that some comfort may come from the fact that his passing was hopefully free of significant pain.
May Shane Del Rosario rest in peace and always be remembered as a valued contributor to an elite community of athletes and fans.