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UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario dies at 30

  • FILE - In a Saturday, May 26, 2012 photo, Shane Del Rosario, left, and Stipe Miocic, during a UFC 146 heavyweight bout, in Las Vegas. UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in Orange County, Calif., nearly two weeks after the heavyweight had a heart attack. He was 30. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

NEWPORT BEACH — UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario died Monday, nearly two weeks after the heavyweight had a heart attack. He was 30.

The UFC and Del Rosario's family announced his death. Del Rosario had been hospitalized in his native Orange County since Nov. 26.

"It has been truly amazing to realize just how many lives Shane touched in such a positive way," Del Rosario's family said in a statement released to The Associated Press.

"As always, Shane fought hard, but it was his time to go in peace. We will miss his huge smile, his huge bear hugs, his gift of giving to others, and his Aloha spirit. He was larger than life."

Del Rosario's manager, Jason House, said the fighter's doctors believe he had a congenital heart disorder. Del Rosario's family is interested in starting a charitable foundation to aid research on long QT syndrome, the heart condition that may have contributed to the fighter's sudden cardiac arrest last month.


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