Black belt Mauricio Zingano found dead in Denver

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Mauricio (left) and Cat (center

Mauricio (left) and Cat (center)

Jiu-Jitsu black belt Mauricio Zingano was found dead this Monday in Denver, Colorado.

According to the first reports, the Brazilian BJJ Professor committed suicide.

Mauricio was the leader of GMA academy Zingano BJJ and the husband of UFC fighter Cat Zingano.

Cat’s manager, Jorge Guimarães, confirmed the news today: “It’s true. He hanged himself. It’s something without explanation. I sincerely don’t know what could have made him do something like that. He was fine, with plans to the future and a whole life ahead. It’s a tragedy!,” said Joinha.

Mauricio was 37 years old and had a six-year-old son, Brayden.

Cat Zingano released a official statement this Tuesday:

Late yesterday evening I learned that my husband and soul mate of seven years, Mauricio Zingano, has passed away.

My life has changed irrevocably. I am shocked and deeply saddened. Thankfully, my family and friends are coming together to provide the support I need. I am grateful for them, as I know there are many difficult days ahead.

I also very much appreciate the outpour of support from the jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts world. My husband was well known and respected in this close-knit community and I know he would appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers, as do I.

At this time, I respectfully ask everyone to give me privacy as I gather with relatives and friends. Again, I give thanks to all for the kind words of support.

Sincerely,

Cat Zingano

GRACIEMAG joins the prayers to Cat, Brayden and all the Zingano family.

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