After hours of conflicting reports, the manager of former UFC fighter and TUF alum Corey Hill confirmed that the fighter has passed away. Hill had suffered a heart attack and a collapsed lung and fought for several days before succumbing to his medical issues. He was 36 years old.
Reports had surfaced late Thursday and early Friday that Hill had passed away but his wife, Lauran Hill, denied those reports and told the public to keep Hill in their prayers.
Hill was a contestant on the fifth season of the Ultimate Fighter. He made it to the quarterfinals of that season’s tournament but lost to eventual champion Nate Diaz. Hill fought three times for the UFC going 1-2 in those bouts. He is remembered most for severely breaking his leg during his final UFC bout. His leg break was similar to that of Anderson Silva’s injury during his second bout with Chris Weidman.
Hill remained active in MMA and recently fought for a regional promotion in February of this year. Following the news of his passing the UFC released a statement,”The UFC family mourns the tragic loss of Corey Hill, who passed away on May 15 due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 36. Fans will remember Corey for his time as a lightweight competitor who fought multiple times for the organization in 2008 and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 5. UFC sends its condolences to the family and friends of Corey Hill.”
In a statement given to TMZ Sports Hills wife said that,”Corey was a loving husband and devoted father. He was such a strong role model for our children, and would do anything to keep them safe and happy and healthy. [He was] a fighter til the end.”