Renowned MMA coach Shawn Tompkins dead at 37


Details are pending Shawn was in Ca with the team. That's all right now. I spoke with Emilie Tompkins and Sam Stout.

Guys, it is with great sadness that I report the passing of our great friend & trainer Shawn Tompkins. Details developing. Autopsy pending.

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A fighter close to Shawn Tompkins says the renowned trainer passed away this morning.

Veteran lightweight John Gunderson today told that Tompkins "didn't wake up," but he was still unclear on the details surrounding his passing.

Longtime friend and confidant Chris Horodecki said the trainer was in Canada and had spoken to him yesterday but was unaware of the bad news when contacted today.

Additional sources ultimately confirmed the trainer's death with

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blueXbeltXblues site profile image  

8/16/11 9:05 PM by blueXbeltXblues

I am from Buffalo, NY where MMA is illegal and the fight world is a small group of people, who pretty much all know each other. When Shawn was still in London, Ontario my roomate at the time, Mike Dizak, would make the drive up to London weekly and stay there and train over the weekends. I never met Shawn, but he was kind enough that when he moved to Vegas he took Mike with him and allowed Mike to stay at his house there for free, training and helping him get fights, and giving him a shot that would not have been possible for Mike if he had stayed in Buffalo.I know Mike is really tore up about this, as I am sure all of Shawn's fighters are. From what I have heard from Shawn's fighters, he was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. My thoughts are with all of you and I hope you guys carry on the team name, as all of Team Tompkin's fighters bring it in the cage and in the ring. Josh

Dougie site profile image  

8/16/11 7:49 PM by Dougie

 Visitation for Shawn Tompkins will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 702 Wonderland Road North on Thursday 3:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00. Service will be held on Friday at West Park Church, 955 Gainsborough road Friday 1:00pm.

Dazed and Confused site profile image  

8/16/11 7:34 PM by Dazed and Confused

Or maybe he had just watched some of his young guys fight and was feeling nostalgic for his master. Who really knows. Who cares how he died, either way it sucks.

HighBastard site profile image  

8/16/11 4:34 PM by HighBastard


maopitbull site profile image  

8/16/11 1:59 PM by maopitbull

Terrible news, prayers sent

dchi07 site profile image  

8/16/11 1:51 PM by dchi07

This. Especially since Bas said he got a text from Shawn saying I love you, late the night he died. I wonder if substance abuse had anything to do with it. I'm guessing a bunch of people will jump on me for saying that, but rarely do people have heart attacks at 37 and there weren't other factors involved like a preexisting condition or like I said before substance abuse issues.

Dougie site profile image  

8/16/11 1:34 PM by Dougie

 It was a heart attack.

Jack Skellington site profile image  

8/16/11 1:27 PM by Jack Skellington

 yea, this happens tragic

TexDeuce site profile image  

8/16/11 1:24 PM by TexDeuce

Damn that is scary. *Holds heart* My heart has been beating irregularly a little bit lately, I'm going to the doc to make sure everything is cool.