Contrary to previous reports and rumors, Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole tweets that Kimo Leopoldo has not died:
“Kimo Leopoldo is NOT DEAD, I’ve been told by his attorney. More details to folo.”
“Just spoke to his attorney a few minutes ago. He suggested I call his mgr, whose voice mail is full. Attorney says hes alive”
“From what I’ve been told, and this is not finalized, Kimo will hold a conference call tomorrow.”
“Also, from Kimo’s publicist, apparently he was sleeping and woke up to learn of reports of his death.”
Our original article on the reported death of Leopoldo is below:
Retired heavyweight veteran Kimo Leopoldo, who competed in a variety of promotions including the UFC and PRIDE after beginning his MMA career in 1994 at UFC 3, has reportedly passed away at age 41 due to a heart attack, according to multiple reports, though his death has not yet been officially confirmed.
Suspended twice during his career for testing positive for steroids, Kimo was in the news recently for campaigning to be executive director of the California State Athletic Commission and his arrest for possession of marijuana in February.
Leopoldo, whose last fight was an October 2006 loss to Web Sims, ended his career with a 10-7-1 record.