Shane del Rosario, a mixed martial arts fighter with an infectious smile and giving nature, died late Sunday in a California hospital at just 30 years old, the UFC announced on Monday. Earlier in the day, del Rosario's close friend, flyweight fighter Ian McCall, confirmed the news on Twitter.
Del Rosario suffered a heart attack on Nov. 26 in his home in Newport Beach, Calif.. His manager, Jason House, said several days later that doctors suspected del Rosario had a genetic condition called Long QT Syndrome.
According to Mayo Clinic.com, LQTS is "a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. These rapid heartbeats may trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure. In some cases, your heart may beat erratically for so long that it can cause sudden death."
An official cause of death was not released.
Del Rosario was 11-2 in his MMA career, finishing it with a pair of losses in the UFC. He was scheduled to fight Guto Inocente on Dec. 28 at UFC 168, but had toRead More »from UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario dies at 30