According to Mike Straka, MMA trainer Shawn Tompkins passed away at age 37. Photo by Terry Goodlad for Sherdog
Reports indicate that MMA trainer Shawn Tompkins has passed away. He was 37 years old. No details on the cause of death. Mike Straka broke the story on Twitter:
Guys, it is with great sadness that I report the passing of our great friend & trainer Shawn Tompkins. Details developing. Autopsy pending.
Tompkins had a short fight career in 2000-2001, losing all four of his professional bouts. He moved on to training fighters full time, taking over the Los Angeles Anacondas from Bas Rutten before moving his team to Xtreme Couture in 2007.
In August 2009, he resigned from Xtreme Couture and moved over to the TapouT Research and Development Training Center.
Bloody Elbow sends condolences to Tompkins friends and family.
Update by Brent Brookhouse: MMA Junkie confirms the sad news:
Veteran lightweight John Gunderson today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) 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 MMAjunkie.com, though details weren't immediately available.