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Drug Overdose: UFC Fighter Dies After Week-Long Coma

UFC middleweight, Josh Samman, died Wednesday after spending nearly a week in a Florida hospital following a probable drug overdose.
 
Samman, aged 28, had been hospitalized for five days, two of which he was brain-dead, before being declared dead Wednesday morning at a hospice, Dr. Craig Mallak, the chief medical examiner for Broward County, said.


Mallak said toxicology tests had been completed and the cause of death would be listed as a probable drug overdose.

According to a report by the Hollywood Police Department, officers found Samman unresponsive but with a pulse on September 29 after responding to a call of a possible drug overdose. 

Troy Kirkingburg, a friend and an MMA announcer, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police say there were no signs of foul play. The two were found by a friend, who called 911.

Samman co-owned the Florida-based Combat Night MMA promotional company, and the fighter's family cited the promotion among his proudest achievements.

The promotion has given hundreds of aspiring athletes the opportunity to display their skills in the hopes of pursuing their dreams as professional athletes and will be one of the many legacies Josh leaves behind following a life taken all too soon, read a statement released by Samman's family.

Fox News


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