Wanderlei Silva’s Father Killed in Tragic Car Accident

Written by Tom Ngo
August 27th, 2012

UFC Middleweight Wanderlei Silva

Orlando Pinheiro da Silva, the father of UFC superstar Wanderlei Silva (Pictured), was killed in a horrific car accident Sunday in Brazil.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the head-on collision also passed away.

Wanderlei, who was currently training in Las Vegas, received the sad news yesterday and is currently making his way back to his homeland.

“Thanks for hanging my brothers please pray for our family pretty difficult time more glad that we have the support of God,” Silva posted on his Twitter (via Google Translate). “I thank all Very MSG and all the prayers you guys do not know how much help me, he was a great father and a great person, great example!!”

Just five days ago, Wanderlei published a YouTube video of himself visiting his dad and family in Brazil. While showing fans where he grew up, “The Axe Murderer” said his father had worked three jobs to support their family. Wanderlei states that’s how he learned the value of hard work and honesty.

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