UPDATE: The Mixed Martial Arts fighter that collapsed during a kickboxing event at the South Shore Mall Saturday night passed away Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle due to kidney failure.
The man had a lot of family and we are not releasing a name until we have confirmation from his wife that everyone has been notified.
Event Coordinator Scott Bean tells us the Aberdeen man had finished his fight Saturday and was in the changing room as the next fight was wrapping up.
“I hear my sister from the backroom saying ‘he’s not breathing get Shihan’ and I don’t even know how I heard that – I was all the way in the front of the building. I ran back there, my sister; she’s a nurse for us that night, and I asked him if he was ok and I got no response. I checked for his pulse and I told her I had no pulse and she told me to start compressions and I did.
Bean was the first person to talk to the man after his fight.
“He was exhausted. I’m the promoter, so the first thing I did was asked him was if he was OK, and he actually looked up at me and smiled and said ‘Yeah I’m just tired man.’
His corner guys, and his team helped him up and they took him back to the dressing room and they figured he was OK. He wasn’t really showing any signs that he wasn’t OK. But my nurse insisted that she go back with him.”
Emergency Room staff in Aberdeen told the man’s wife it was that CPR that saved his life Saturday night. He was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday and passed away Monday evening due to kidney failure.
Please understand that no personal information about the fighter is being released at this time, out of respect for friends and family.
Bean posted on Facebook today,