Two days after suffering a heart attack in his Southern California home, UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario (pictured) is on his deathbed.
Colin Oyama, Del Rosario’s Muay Thai coach at Team Oyama MMA, announced the unfortunate news Thursday afternoon via Facebook.
“The Del Rosario family and I, and all of our family, teammates and friends thank everyone for their prayers and support,” Oyama wrote. “God has a different path for Shane to take and instead has chosen to take Him away from us to be with his forefathers in Heaven. Yet through all of this our Faith in GOD remains unwavering.”
Contrary to previous reports, Del Rosario is not dead. However, the 30-year-old’s doctors have told friends and family to say their goodbyes.
Jason House, Del Rosario’s manager, reported Wednesday that his client had a “catastrophic cardiovascular collapse” on Tuesday morning. He was rushed to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach in full cardiac arrest.
Doctors administered Arctic Sun treatment in an attempt to revitalize his organs and brain, but the following 10 hours were critical for his survival. Unfortunately, Del Rosario wasn’t able to overcome his critical condition.
Del Rosario was slated to fight Guto Inocente next month at UFC 168, but was forced to withdraw last week with a reported rib injury.
He owns a respectable 11-2 professional MMA record.
(Updated: 11/29/13 at 3:20PM PT)
House provided an update on Del Rosario’s condition Friday afternoon:
“Shane continues to cling to life at Hoag hospital in Newport Beach, CA. After arriving at the emergency room in full cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning he was resuscitated to stable rhythm and blood pressure, but has not regained consciousness. Doctors believe he may suffer from a rare condition called Long QT Syndrome which is a genetic anomaly that can cause a sudden and life threatening heart rhythm abnormality, and may result in sudden death. Tragically, it strikes healthy young people and often is the first and only presentation of a heart problem.”