Josh Samman, a UFC middleweight fighter, has died. Samman’s manager Gary Ibarra confirmed his passing to FOX Sports on Oct. 5: “It is with a heavy heart that the family of Joshua Samman, well known professional mixed martial artist, promoter and author have announced his passing this morning at 7:20 a.m. at Regional Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. He was 28 years old,” Ibarra said. “The cause of death has yet to be determined pending an autopsy. The family asks that Josh’s privacy be respected and that everyone continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time” he added.
As we previously told you, Samman was reportedly found in his Hollywood Beach Gardens apartment on Sept. 29 by a friend, who discovered the unresponsive fighter along with his friend Troy Kirkingburg. The buddy called 911 and performed CPR until police arrived. Kirkingburg, a ring announcer, was found dead at the scene, and Samman was then transported to the hospital, where he stayed “in intensive care, in a coma, on a respirator”, according to ringside announcer Christopher Rothstein, until his death.
Samman “was moved to hospice late Tuesday night, was breathing and had a pulse Thursday after he was overcome by what Hollywood Police suspect may have been a drug overdose”, as USA TODAY reports, per the Broward County (Fla.) Medical Examiner’s Office. Awful.
Samman compiled a 12-4 professional MMA record and was 3-2 in UFC. His last fight was UFC Fight Night 91 in July, where he was beaten by Tim Boetsch.
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