Wanderlei Silva's father killed in car accident | MMA News

August 27, 2012 2:13 pm by bjpenn.com staff 30 Comments

By: Chris Taylor

Sad news out of Brazil today, as it has been reported that Holando Pinheiro da Silva (Father of MMA legend Wanderlei Silva) was killed in a car accident yesterday afternoon.

The accident apparently took place in the region of Castro, where Holando owned a ranch. The car Silva was in collided head on with another car, the driver of which also died on impact. A child was also severely injured and taken to hospital.

Wanderlei was informed of his father’s passing by family members who called him in Las Vegas. Wanderlei is expected to arrive in Brazil today for the burial.

Holando was always extremely supportive of his sons mixed martial arts career and has been quoted as saying that Wanderlei was “Bringing pride to all of Brazil.”

Many mixed martials artists and fans have taken to twitter to send their condolences to the former Pride Middleweight Champion.

Wanderlei released the following statement (Originally in Portuguese) via twitter:

“I haven’t the words to thank you all for your support. We end up not knowing what to do, but it’s at times like this that we know who is on our side. Thank you very much,”

I believe I speak for everyone that works at bjpenn.com and all of Penn Nation when I say that our thoughts and prayers go out to Wanderlei and his family. If you have a twitter account be sure to send you condolences to Silva at @wandfc.

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