UFC women's bantamweight contender Cat Zingano late Monday lost her husband of seven years, Mauricio Zingano. Mauricio was found dead in his home, apparently having committed suicide.
The Jefferson County coroner's office on Tuesday confirmed Mauricio's death to MMAWeekly.com, although the official cause and manner of death were still pending an investigation.
Cat Zingano on Tuesday issued the following statement to MMAWeekly.com:
Late yesterday evening, I learned that my husband and soul mate of seven years, Mauricio Zingano, has passed away.
My life has changed irrevocably. I am shocked and deeply saddened. Thankfully, my family and friends are coming together to provide the support I need. I am grateful for them, as I know there are many difficult days ahead.
I also very much appreciate the outpour of support from the jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts world. My husband was well known and respected in this close-knit community and I know he would appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers, as do I.
At this time, I respectfully ask everyone to give me privacy as I gather with relatives and friends. Again, I give thanks to all for the kind words and support.