It was reported earlier this morning by Cage Potato, via Sam Stout, fighter, friend and brother-in-law to Shawn Tompkins, that Shawn died of a heart attack.
Stout first reported this news to the London Free Press, stating,
“I don’t know what to say,” Stout said. “It’s not supposed to be happen to a healthy 37-year-old person. Who would think he had to get checked out for that?”
Not to make any hasty judgments, but is Stout suspecting foul play?
Funeral arrangements will be organized today, by Tompkins’ widow Emilie, also sister to Sam.
A memorial service is expected to take place in Shawn’s second hometown, Las Vegas, Nevada, where he has lived, trained and coached for the past four years.
There is promising news in the wake of an unfortunate death, Tompkin’s manager Gary Ibarra, has set up The Shawn Tompkins Memorial Fund, which is accepting contributions to help pay for the funeral and burial costs.
“Shawn was more than a client,” Ibarra stated via press release. “His passion and vision for MMA was infectious, evident by how he could motivate his fighters to become better athletes and people.On behalf of AMR Group’s athletes and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to Emilie, Sam and Shawn’s entire family. His spirit will live on in our hearts.”
If you would also like to donate to the fund, please send an email to the following address: TeamTompkins@ShogunMMA.com.