The MMA world continues to mourn the tragic loss of Josh Samman, as the charismatic UFC star passed away on Oct. 5 after a week in a coma. Now, the ‘probable’ cause of Josh’s death has been identified, as a medical examiner thinks drugs are likely to blame!
“His cause of death is [a] probable drug overdose based on the circumstances and hospital drug screen that was positive for drugs,” a Broward County Medical examiner tells TMZ. “But, we could not confirm this as they only hold specimens for three days.” The examiner told TMZ that because Josh‘s, 28, “length of his hospitalization,” they don’t have any specific specimens that can give a definitive answer.
Josh was found unconscious on Sept. 28 inside his Florida home. Josh’s roommate, Troy Kirkingburg (a former MMA ring announcer) was pronounced dead on the scene. An autopsy conducted on Troy showed that he died from “a massive accidental drug overdose,” as sources tell TMZ that he supposedly tested positive for Xanax, cocaine, heroin and alcohol. Troy’s official cause of death is being listed as “multi-drug toxicity.”
MMA fans hoped that Josh would win the fight for his life, as the UFC fighter spent a week in a coma at the Regional Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Yet, his condition worsened. He was placed into hospice and on Oct. 5, his manager, Gary Ibarra, confirmed that that “well known professional mixed martial artist, promoter and author” had died.
In April 2016, Josh released his memoir, The Housekeeping: Love, Death and Prizefighting. He left this world with a 12-4 professional MMA record. His last fight was at UFC Fight Night 91 in July 2016, where he lost to Tom Boetsch. He was scheduled to fight again in December, but he will never get a chance to step inside the ring again.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Josh and Troy’s family, friends and fans during this heartbreaking time of loss.