Following the unexpected death of Shawn Tompkins, AMR Group, the legendary MMA coach’s management company, has established a special online Guestbook for those wishing to express their condolences to the Tompkins family.
“Shawn was more than a client, he was personal friend whose love of MMA had enormous influence on our agency and the entire sport,” said AMR Group president Gary Ibarra. “His passion and vision for MMA was infectious, evident by how he could motivate his fighters to become better athletes and people.
“On behalf of AMR Group’s athletes and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to Emilie, Sam and Shawn’s entire family. His spirit will live on in our hearts.”
A memorial service is expected to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the coming weeks. AMR will be providing updates on their official website.
For those that would like to contribute to Tompkins’ funeral services, please contract [email protected] directly.
Tompkins was in Canada helping longtime protégé Chris Horodecki prepare for his September 10th bout at the time of his death. The 37-year-old passed away in his sleep on Sunday morning.
An autopsy is pending.
During his career that spanned more than two decades, Tompkins coached 15 champions in six different weight classes, including Vitor Belfort, Randy Couture and Wanderlei Silva. He took particular interest in cultivating the sport’s rising stars, such as Sam Stout, Mark Hominick and Horodecki.
Tomkins served as Hominick’s Best Man at his wedding in 2009 and was married to Stout’s sister, Emilie.