April 13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Cat Zingano hits Miesha Tate during the TUF 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Cat Zingano issues statement on husband's death

On Tuesday morning, the mixed martial arts community was rocked with the news that Mauricio Zingano, the husband of undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight contender Cat Zingano, was found dead after an apparent suicide.

With the overwhelming support that has been pouring out since the news of her husband’s death, Zingano released a statement on the unfortunate situation.

Zingano’s statement read:

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 and support.

Cat Zingano

We would like to send our thoughts and condolences out to Cat, her family, friends and all of those who learned from Mauricio at his schools in Colorado. The MMA and jiu jitsu world lost a great man.

If you would like to help the family with costs of the funeral, which insurance will not cover, you can donate by clicking here. Any amount will help the family through this tragic time.

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