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Sportsman 2.0 12-20-2013 05:46 AM

Bellator MMA Fighter Joe Camacho Dies at 41
Shortly after SDR passed away, another heart failure claims the life of a still young fighter. :(
Condolences to relatives and friends.


Longtime MMA veteran and Bellator fighter Joe Camacho has passed away due to an apparent heart attack. He was 41 years old.

Camacho was rushed to Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Calif., early Monday morning, according to a report from He was not feeling well over dinner on Sunday night, Camacho's cousin, Charlie Valencia, told the website.

After arriving at the hospital, Camacho was pronounced dead, according to the report.

West Covina police on Monday confirmed Camacho's death, but said the official cause of death had yet to be determined.

Camacho's most recent MMA fight came at Bellator 106, dropping a unanimous decision to Cleber Luciano on the undercard at the Long Beach Arena. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt also competed for a number of Southern California regional fight promoters, including King of the Cage and Respect in the Cage, among others.

Camacho was also an active Brazilian jui-jitsu competitor, having just competed in the North American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation's competition in Long Beach, Calif., over the weekend.

MMA fighters took to social media on Monday morning to express their condolences to Camacho and those close to him.

“Just got sad news from Charlie Valencia,” Urijah Faber wrote on Twitter. ”Joe Camacho unexpectedly passed away today.”

“Really sad to hear about losing another fighter due to a heart attack,” wrote Cub Swanson.

The news of Camacho's passing comes a week after another Southern California fighter, Shane Del Rosario, passed away due to full cardiac arrest.

Hammerlock2.0 12-20-2013 07:01 AM

Damn. :(

I hope it's not related to him being a fighter.

Canadian Psycho 12-20-2013 07:32 AM

Saw a few of his fights, particularly in Bellator. Sad news.

RIP, Joe.

dudeabides 12-20-2013 12:23 PM

Man, that's a bummer.

HitOrGetHit 12-20-2013 12:30 PM

RIP. 41 is way to young to go.

The Dark Knight 12-22-2013 07:23 AM

RIP Joe Mamacho.

MMATycoon 01-10-2014 12:01 AM

Saw only a few of his fights, but they were great. RIP.

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