Reports surfaced Friday (May 15) that former UFC fighter Corey Hill had died, following a bout with pneumonia, at the age of 36.
Statements were released by the UFC, as well as family and friends… as well as his wife Lauran Hill. However, she later took back her statement, telling TMZ her husband is “resting and still alive.”
“My husband is fighting for his life. We want him in everyone’s prayers,” she told the website, which also had earlier reported Hill’s death.
The UFC later removed the statement from its website, in which they mourned the loss of Hill.
“The UFC family mourns the tragic loss of Corey Hill, who passed away on May 14 due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 36,” the statement read. “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.”
Hill appeared three times in the UFC in 2008, and was a contestant on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was also still an active fighter, having last competed Feb. 6 in South Florida.