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Thursday, 01/16/2014, 08:53 pm

CALL TO ACTION | Fund To Help the Zingano Family

Donations are being accepted online to help the Zingano family cover expenses after Mauricio Zingano, Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt and husband to UFC women’s bantamweight contender Cat Zingano (above), committed suicide Monday night.


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

BJPENN.COM wants to call on all the members of Penn Nation to help out UFC fighter, Cat Zingano, following the passing of her husband, Mauricio.  An online fund has been set up, and anyone can donate money to help Zingano cover the costs of a funeral and other necessities during this time.  Click here to go to the fund.

In the days following Mauricio Zingano’s suicide, the MMA and Brazilian jiu jitsu communities have come together to support the man’s family.  On Tuesday, SF police officer Sam Wilson set up the GoFundMe page for the Zingano family to allow fans around the world to lend financial support to Cat and her son.

It is with deepest sympathy that it has been reported that Mauricio Zingano has passed away,” the GoFundMe page that Wilson created reads.  “He leaves behind a wife Cat (Albert) Zingano and a son. Please help Cat during this time by donating to her family and helping her during this time. Prayers are with her and her extended family (MMA/BJJ) RIP Mauricio.

Wilson told that Cat Zingano needs help, as her insurance does not cover suicide.  Wilson explained that, because Zingano has been unable to fight due to a torn ACL, she wanted to let the fighter know “that she has some sort of financial means to help her through this process.”

Again, any Penn Nation members out there who are able to help Cat Zingano out during this time of need, we ask for your support!  The fund has almost reached its goal in just two days, and it needs just under $1,500 more.  All donations are appreciated, and be sure to send Cat Zingano your support on Twitter or Facebook.


0 Responses to “CALL TO ACTION | Fund To Help the Zingano Family”

  1. richard duncan says:

    im not trying to be rude, but, he is dead because he made himself dead. suicide is not cool.

    • Robert Aldrich says:

      Its not cool? of course its not. Some people have problems you just can’t see. Its a selfish decision but one that some cannot not help or have help with. Don’t judge them on that alone.

  2. mike says:

    Don’t wanna be a dick but why should people donate cause he killed himself? Millions of families lose their loved ones everyday and they’re not setting up donations.

    • Christopher Lynch says:

      Pretty sure thats their fault for not taking up donations. Its a donation or a gift, its not required. It makes some people feel better to donate. For instance I didn’t donate to Cat’s cause, because I have already donated to St. Jude’s this month. I donate to a different charity/cause each month. It just makes me feel better, but I know I don’t have to.

    • Pedro says:

      That wasn’t Cat’s fault though. This donation isn’t to help the deceased it’s to help the unfortunate people he left behind without a means to handle the financial obligation he’s given them as a result of his tragic decision making.

      • Dennis Ipenburg says:

        Difficult topic though. My initial thought was “why set up a fund?” I mean, there are plenty of families who lose loved ones through suicide. Whether they are fathers, mothers or children who are being bullied in school and see no way out, it happens… I haven’t seen them opening funds…

        Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be a douche about this. It is a very delicate subject and I hope that my 2 cents do not offend anyone. I also will not ever judge someone who takes their own live. It may come across as “stupid” or “selfish” for us sane and rational thinking people, but if you are so far gone and mentally ill that you don’t see any other way out than to take your own life, then you have lost all sanity and rationality.

        But, if I would lose my spouse or father because he took his own life, the last thing I would want is money, even if it would come in very handy. I would want my spouse/father back at all cost…. And as well meant as it may be, I wouldn’t want financial donations. Having said that…. Everybody deals with their tragedies in their own way. There is no right or wrong. But I guess we can all agree, this is a great tragedy

  3. Cole says:

    The point is not to donate because he committed suicide, but to support his family who now has to live with it. They’ll never get an answer to why it happened, they lost a key member of their family, and they get screwed on insurance. Besides, nobody is twisting your arm saying you have to donate. It’s just something nice to do. Cat is one of my favorite fighters in womens MMA, so anybody else who feels the same can help her out via donations.

  4. magoo says:

    The Fertittas and White should be helping out one of there own!

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