Kimo Leopoldo not dead

by Kevin Iole | source:

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship contender Kimo Leopoldo appeared at the Orange County Sheriff’s office in Santa Ana, Calif., late Tuesday afternoon, ending rumors of his death that spread rapidly across the Internet.

“He’s standing here in front of me, talking to some members of the press,” said Jim Amormino, the spokesman for the county sheriff’s coroner’s office, in a phone interview. “He’s alive and well.”

Rumors of Leopoldo’s death first appeared on’s popular forum, “The Underground.” The post reported that Leopoldo died in Costa Rica “of complications from a heart attack.”

The report was quickly picked up by celebrity website, which “confirmed” the death. It later pulled the story without comment. The New York Daily News, Orange County Register, Las Vegas Sun and numerous MMA-specific websites also reported the story.

But an attorney who has represented Leopoldo, who made his mixed martial arts debut at UFC 3, told Yahoo! Sports the 41-year-old “surfaced” early Tuesday afternoon, hours after reports of his death spread like a wildfire across the Internet.

Attorney Victor E. Hobbs of El Toro, Calif., said in a brief telephone interview, “Kimo has surfaced and that’s all I know right now.” He referred all questions to Ron Kort of New Era Fighting, who is either Leopoldo’s manager or his promoter.

Leopoldo, of Irvine, Calif., was sentenced by a California judge on Monday to 10 days of community service and required to participate in a drug diversion program. He was arrested in February in Tustin, Calif., on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.

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RabbiVJ site profile image  

7/22/09 2:32 AM by RabbiVJ

edit...nvm didnt see prev post.  

jbapk site profile image  

7/22/09 1:58 AM by jbapk

I think we already established you should hold back on the legal judgements.

lazermonkey site profile image  

7/22/09 1:42 AM by lazermonkey

 People keep saying he can't be sued lol they have to be living in  a shell?

Brock75thRanger site profile image  

7/22/09 1:38 AM by Brock75thRanger

not much,but he will get his wages garnished for the rest of his life pretty much if he does

Master Tang site profile image  

7/22/09 1:38 AM by Master Tang

its on sports now too

Brock75thRanger site profile image  

7/22/09 1:37 AM by Brock75thRanger

guy started a rumor about kimos death,it made it to tmz,fox news,kimo had to call a press conference to reassure his friends and fans and family he was alive and your complaining about people him wanting him banned from a forum?this will be the least of oma"s worries

ICTimer site profile image  

7/22/09 1:34 AM by ICTimer

Uh, obviously, that swank championship belt......although if Kimo wanted that, he'd probably just meet OMA in the Dairy Queen parking lot.

Trust site profile image  

7/22/09 1:32 AM by Trust

 Nobody is going to sue OMA.  WTF does he have that's worth taking?  

Brock75thRanger site profile image  

7/22/09 12:55 AM by Brock75thRanger

oma was banned for this

1Adam12 site profile image  

7/22/09 12:50 AM by 1Adam12

 Dang! Hope none of this created any issues for him after just being sentenced in court on Monday and, then, rumors that he had left the country..