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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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