After a two-week battle for his life, UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario (pictured) has died after suffering cardiac arrest at his Southern California home on November 26.
Various reports surfaced that Del Rosario had passed away on Thanksgiving day, however they proved to be erroneous.
Ian McCall and Carla Esparza confirmed their teammate’s death Monday evening via Twitter.
“RIP to one of the best people I’ve ever had the honor to have in my life and call my best friend,” McCall posted. “@shanedelrosario helped me threw the toughest time in my life and helped me raise my daughter. Love you big fella. #ohana”
“Yes, it is true. My teammate Shane Del Rosario has passed away. RIP Shane :(( #TeamOyama,” Esparza wrote.
Del Rosario suffered a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse last month and was rushed to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.
Doctors administered Arctic Sun treatment in an attempt to revitalize his organs and brain, but the 30-year-old wasn’t able to overcome his critical condition.
Del Rosario was slated to fight Guto Inocente this month at UFC 168, but was forced to withdraw with a reported rib injury.
He owned a respectable 11-2 professional MMA record.