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Renowned Trainer Shawn Tompkins passes away at 37

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Sources: Renowned MMA trainer Shawn Tompkins dead at 37
by Steven Marrocco on Aug 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm ET
A fighter close to Shawn Tompkins says the renowned trainer passed away this morning.

Veteran lightweight John Gunderson today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Tompkins "didn't wake up," but he was still unclear on the details surrounding his passing.

Longtime friend and confidant Chris Horodecki said the trainer was in Canada and had spoken to him yesterday but was unaware of the bad news when contacted today.

Additional sources ultimately confirmed the trainer's death with MMAjunkie.com.

Tompkins first emerged on the national MMA scene as a coach in the now-defunct International Fight League. He was first an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Anacondas and was later promoted to head coach after MMA legend Bas Rutten stepped down from the role to assume a commentator position. He later split with the company.

Tompkins then migrated to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and served as a coach there before splitting with the gym and joining the TapouT Training Facility.

The coach, who also competed professionally for a handful of fights a decade ago, nurtured the careers of several notable fighters in his career, including Gunderson, Horodecki, Sam Stout and Mark Hominick. Tompkins, who frequently appeared on MMAjunkie.com Radio, was 37.

Check back with MMAjunkie.com for an update on this unfortunate news.

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Post #1   8/14/11 9:02:58PM   

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Posted by Kpro

Wow, I don't even know what to say



I am on the same boat. Sad really sad.

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This is awful...

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Joe mentioned him earlier.

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Sad day, for sure.

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I am very saddened by this information. He was to spend all month at the gym I train at and I saw him a few times this week. He was a pioneer of the sport and one of the best coaches of all time. He was such a great person and a hero to many. He was one of the few people I was star struck by whenever I saw him. I don’t really know what else to say.

R.I.P Shawn Tompkins

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No way!!!! I was just watching some TKO the other day and he was in the corner for Hominick. They even had one of his fights on there. I fell bad for his wife, Sam Stouts sister. He was so young.

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Great trainer RIP Shawn

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Super sad about this. Stout and Hominick never stopped praising this guy, and I kind of feel sorry for their next respective opponents.

Way too goddamn young. All the best to his family.

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R.I.P. Coach . Way too young to go.

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I feel bad for the wife and family. And sam stout
My stepmom passed away this week too

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Posted by prozacnation1978

I feel bad for the wife and family. And sam stout
My stepmom passed away this week too



Sorry about that dude, our thoughts are with you as well.

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Posted by prozacnation1978

I feel bad for the wife and family. And sam stout
My stepmom passed away this week too



Yeah man sorry to hear that.

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