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Autopsy Revealed Shawn Tompkins Died of Heart Attack

Written on August 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC fighter, Sam Stout, revealed that Shawn Tompkins' cause of death is heart attack.

Renowed MMA trainer, Shawn Tompkins, underwent autopsy last Monday and saw heart attack as the cause of his death last Sunday morning. The news was revealed by his brother-in-law and UFC fighter, Sam Stout. Although the Ontario Law states that privacy exemptions keeps autopsy reports from public view, Sam Stout revealed the results to The London Free Press — an Onatrio newspaper.

“I don’t know what to say. It’s not supposed to be happen to a healthy 37-year-old person. Who would think he had to get checked out for that?”

He also added that funeral arrangements would be on Tuesday. In relation to this, Shawn Tompkins’ management team – AMR Group – established a memorial fund. The Shawn Tompkins Memorial Fund is accepting contributions to help The Coach’s widow, Emilie, with burial costs.

At the time of his passing, the 37-year-old coach was in Ontario, working with his younger fighters. According to those who were with him, he went to sleep after an event and never woke up.

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Memorial Fund and Guest Book for Shawn Tompkins, Established

Written on August 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A special guest book and memorial fund was established in memory of the well loved MMA coach, Shawn Tompkins.

The world of MMA was devastated by news of Shawn Tompkin’s death this past weekend.

A beloved husband and son, the 37-year-old MMA coach is a successful entrepreneur and a devoted mixed martial artist. Affectionately called as “The Coach” by his friends and fans, Shawn Tompkins was found dead in his sleep on August 14. He was in Canada to help prepare Chris Horodecki for the fighter’s next bout on September 10 at the time of his passing.

The Tompkins family extends their deepest gratitude to The Coach’s friends and fans for their support. They are also asking to respect their privacy during this very difficult time. Friends and fans who wish to express their sympathies to Shawn Tompkins’ family may log on to The Coach’s special guest book. Also established is the Shawn Tompkins Memorial Fund. Those who would like to contribute may contact

A memorial service will be held in Las Vegas in the coming weeks, and details will be announced at

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Famous MMA Trainer Shawn Tompkins, Found Dead in Canada

Written on August 15, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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One of MMA's best trainers, Shawn Tompkins, has been found dead last Sunday morning in Canada.

August 14, 2011 – Shawn Tompkins, an instructor at the Tapout Training Center, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 37. The cause of his death still remains unknown, but veteran lightweight – John Gunderson – reported that “The Coach” did not wake up last Sunday morning.

The body is slated to undergo an autopsy.

Shawn Tompkins served as a helpful hand for developing and guiding his athletes. He had coached most of the successful MMA fighters of today, including Sam Stout, Chris Horodecki, Mark Hominick, Goran Reljic, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. When asked for his side, trainee – Chris Horodecki – answered that The Coach was in Canada a few days ago and even spoke to him, but was not aware of his trainer’s death.

Shawn Tompkins was acquired to become the assistant coach for the Los Angeles Anacondas of the International Fight League, and was then promoted as the head coach after Bas Rutten stepped down from the position. However, in August 2007, he left the company and joined the Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas together with his team. Two years later, he again resigned from Xtreme and signed for the TapouT Research and Development Training Center.

Aside from playing the role of a trainer, Shawn Tompkins was also known to be a former Canadian kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He had fought under the UCC – an MMA organization now named as TKO Major League MMA – in which he came up with a professional career record of 0-4.

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Vitor Belfort is 100% Healthy

Written on September 23, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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No, there is nothing wrong with Vitor Belfort. He is very much okay and might even replace Chael Sonnen to lock horns with Anderson Silva. Sounds promising, is it not?

We reported yesterday that Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has been pulled off from his UFC 122 bout versus Yushin Okami. However, according to Belfort’s coach – Shawn Tompkins – the withdrawal is not due to injury.

The Phenom was set to square off with Yushin Okami in the event, but was forced to bail out from the card, with Nate Marquardt stepping in lieu of him. With early reports saying that Belfort picked up an affliction, Tompkins revealed on Facebook that the Brazilian fighter has recede for a different reason.

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