UFC middleweight Josh Samman died on Wednesday after falling into a coma one week ago.
A friend discovered the cage fighter and Troy Kirkingburg unresponsive at their Hollywood Beach Gardens home last Thursday. Although Samman showed a pulse at the scene, Kirkingurg did not.
Police suspect the involvement of narcotics in the pair’s deaths. But Samman’s mother noted that “in spite of speculation, there was no heroin found in Josh’s system whatsoever. No matter what people are posting on social media.”
MMA royalty paid their respects on the same social media hosting speculation:
Rest In Peace @JoshSamman
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 6, 2016
Shocking news, Josh Samman passed away.
We had him on Inside MMA and he talked about his rocky life and his new… https://t.co/frqaoi8dSR
— Bas Rutten (@BasRuttenMMA) October 5, 2016
Josh Samman will be badly missed. Never a bad word about anyone. Always thoughtful and kind. Awful loss https://t.co/zfbS7vEzPN
— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) October 5, 2016
Josh Samman badly wanted to work in TV and we talked about it a lot. He hoped to get an audition @ FOX soon. Regret we never got that done.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) October 5, 2016
Fans know the middleweight from his time competing on The Ultimate Fighter reality series and from his fights inside the cage. He compiled a 12-4 record in MMA and boasted a 3-2 mark inside the UFC’s octagon. But Samman also wrote songs, led an amateur mixed-martial arts promotion, and authored a book, The Housekeeper: Love, Death & Prizefighting during his 28 years.