The UFC announced a few hours ago that heavyweight Shane Del Rosario has passed away after suffering a heart attack about two weeks ago on November 26th.
Del Rosario’s management team announced shortly after the incident that he may have had an uncommon heart condition called Long QT Syndrome, which is undetectable until something happens.
Before Del Rosario entered MMA, he got into kickboxing and Muay Thai. Del Rosario started his MMA career 11-0 with 10 first-round stoppages fighting for M-1, Elite XC and Strikeforce organizations. His biggest achievement in the now defunct promotion was over Lavar Johnson in an alternate Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix fight in February of 2011.
Del Rosario was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier later in 2011, but got into an automobile accident. Del Rosario ended up suffering a herniated disk in his back from the accident. His contract was picked up by the UFC after Strikeforce folded shop last year. Del Rosario lost to Stipe Miocic and Pat Barry in his only UFC fights to finish his fighting career at 11-2.
Del Rosario was supposed to return this summer against Dave Herman, but had to bow out with a rib injury. Last month he had bow out of a fight against Guto Inocente that had been booked for UFC 168 later this month.
The UFC earlier today released a statement regarding the passing of Del Rosario.
“The Ultimate Fighting Championship mourns the tragic loss of heavyweight competitor Shane Del Rosario, who has passed away at the age of 30,” the UFC said in a statement. “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. The entire organization sends its deepest condolences to Shane’s family and friends.”
The time of death hasn’t been announced by the hospital.