Mauricio Zingano, BJJ coach, husband of UFC top contender Cat Zingano, and longtime UGer, passed away on Monday at his home in Denver, Colorado.
“Mr. Zingano was pronounced dead on Jan. 13 at his home,” said Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Dan Pruett. “He was pronounced at 8:31 p.m.”
Brazil's Globo reports that manager Jorge Guimarães said the cause of death was suicide, via hanging.
"He hanged himself in Denver on Monday," said Guimarães. "It's unexplainable; I do not know what could have motivated him to do this. We were together and he was fine, had plans and a lifetime ahead. It's a tragedy. I'm going to Denver today to assist Cat, who is devastated."
Mauricio, 37, was third-degree black belt under Carlos Elias. He owned two Zingano Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms in Colorado, in partnership with Black House MMA.
Mauricio left a cryptic message on his Facebook account the day he died.
"It matters to me that you all know I do these things, yes for me, but so much for you, my team and family," wrote Zingano. "You are and were always my inspiration. I know in time everything will fall in to place, but know I have loyalty to you that will never go away. Love always"
His wife Cat released a statement to MMAWeekly.
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.
The UG joins the entire MMA community in offering condolences, thoughts, and prayers for Cat Zingano, their son Brayden, family and friends, and all of the students who had the honor of training at Zingano Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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