Mauricio Zingano, husband of UFC bantamweight top contender Cat Zingano, has died at the age of 37 in Denver, Colorado. According to MMA manager Jorge Guimarães, Mauricio committed suicide.
“He hanged himself in Denver on Monday,” Guimarães told Brazilian website Globo. “It’s unexplainable; I do not know what could have motivated him to do this. We were together and he was fine, had plans and a lifetime ahead. It’s a tragedy. I’m going to Denver today to assist Cat, who is devastated.”
Although the Jefferson County coroner confirmed his death to 5thRound.com, they did not divulge if it was from suicide.
The Zinganos have known each other for seven years and were married for three years. They have a young son together.
Cat posted the above picture on her Facebook page before today’s news broke, along with the caption, “I will always love you Mauricio. CZ.”
She later issued a statement addressing the tragic incident:
Late yesterday evening, I learned that my husband and soul mate of seven years, Mauricio Zingano, has passed away.
My life has changed irrevocably. I am shocked and deeply saddened. Thankfully, my family and friends are coming together to provide the support I need. I am grateful for them, as I know there are many difficult days ahead.
I also very much appreciate the outpour of support from the jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts world. My husband was well known and respected in this close-knit community and I know he would appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers, as do I.
At this time, I respectfully ask everyone to give me privacy as I gather with relatives and friends. Again, I give thanks to all for the kind words and support.
Zingano is currently recovering from knee surgery. Prior to today’s news, she was slated to get next crack at the UFC title upon return.
Ronda Rousey is the UFC’s current 135-pound champion. Coincidentally, her father committed suicide when she was a young girl. Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, took to Twitter to express her condolences.
“My heart goes out to @CatZingano I do know how she feels,” De Mars wrote.