The family of ex-UFC fighter Shane del Rosario, who died tragically on Sunday following a Nov. 26 heart attack, released a statement on Tuesday in which it announced that it would honor his wishes by donating his organs.
Del Rosario is suspected to have the genetic anomaly, Long QT Syndrome, that may have contributed to his death.
In the statement, the family said it is looking into creating a foundation to support Long QT research.
The statement, in full:
It is with great sadness that the family of Shane Del Rosario shares that he succumbed as a result of his sudden cardiac arrest on November 26th. The family expresses their extreme gratitude to the paramedics, doctors, nurses and staff who worked tirelessly in an effort to save him. Also, to the many friends and family that reached out in support and love of Shane at the hospital and via social media. It has been truly amazing to realize just how many lives Shane touched in such a positive way. As always, Shane fought hard, but it was his time to go in peace. We will miss his huge smile, his huge bear hugs, his gift of giving to others, and his Aloha spirit. He was larger than life.
Shane excelled in multiple sports, but many of you know him as a professional fighter. He fought with courage and never gave up even in the most difficult situations. He was very proud that he was the first American to win the WBC World Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship and was honored to have represented his country successfully fighting for Team USA in the M-1 Global Tournament. What he learned in sports were "life lessons" for him that he transferred to everything he did in life.
Shane spent almost every summer in Lanai City, Hawaii where his grandparents instilled Lanai’s island and plantation values such as unconditional love and pride for the Ohana, loyalty to family and friends, duty, honesty, integrity, courage, and love of country. Shane loved Hawaii and embraced its culture. He was passionate about helping others and was always there to offer a helping hand, a smile, and encouragement to anyone, not only family and friends, but also to strangers. He always put others before himself and would give the shirt off his back. He brought genuine joy and happiness to everyone he touched.
Shane lived up to his Hawaiian name, Kalani, Royal Warrior. He was a warrior and protector of his family, friends, and anyone that needed help. Now he is a Heavenly warrior and will continue his good works on a higher plane. Shane is now an Aumakua and will watch over us forever.
Shane leaves a legacy of giving to others. In that spirit it was Shane’s wish to donate his organs in hope of saving the precious lives of others. The family is also exploring establishing a scholarship fund for disadvantaged children and setting up a foundation, the Shane Del Rosario Long QT Foundation. Long QT Syndrome is the genetic anomaly that may have contributed to his passing.
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