By Evan Stoumbelis
MMAJunkie.com has reported that the Orange County coroner’s office has listed Kickboxing standout turned MMA fighter Shane Del Rosario’s death as due to natural causes.
The listed cause of death was: anoxic encephalopathy, ventricular fibrillation and Long QT Syndrome. In addition to the aforementioned heart complications that were listed, the coroner also listed other significant conditions contributing to death but not resulting in the underlying cause.” Specifically found in his system was cocaine, opiates, and THC. Daniel Aikin the Orange County Supervising Deputy coroner told MMAJunkie.com the amount of drugs in Del Rosario’s system was unknown because an autopsy was not performed.
Long QT Syndrome is a heart condition that causes the heart to take slightly longer to return to a steady rhythm after each heart beat. As a result of this, Long QT sufferers can have palpatations and or faint, as well as go into sudden cardiac arrest without warning.
The drugs in Del Rosario’s system were found as a result of a routine urine screening done by the hospital Del Rosario was staying at after being found in cardiac arrest by fellow UFC fighter and Team Oyama member Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall.
Reports had surfaced about a month ago saying Del Rosario had passed away, but those reports turned out not to be true. Shane had gone into cardiac arrest when he was found by Ian McCall, who did CPR until ambulance arrived. Shane was taken to the hospital and placed on life support for two weeks, during this time the hospital placed Del Rosario in a cold environment in hopes of his organs restarting. At first the procedure seemed to not be working but over the course of the two weeks his condition improved and he was taken off life support. Shane unfortunately took a turn for the worse however and was pronounced dead on December 3rd according to his death certificate.