Josh Samman passed away Wednesday at 28 years old after being in a coma for a week. MMA Fighting confirmed his death with Broward County Medical Examiner and Trauma Services.
Last Thursday, Hollywood Police Department Officers found Samman unresponsive, and his friend Troy Kirkingburg dead, at Kirkingburg’s home. Samman had a pulse and was breathing at the time. Police responded to a call of a “possible drug overdose.”
The cause of Samman’s death is still unknown, pending an autopsy. Because Samman lived for days after being found, and “there are no suitable specimens to test,” the Medical Examiner’s Office will not conduct a toxicology report. Mallak adds that there might not be a specific cause of death.
Samman is a resident of South Florida and a native of Tallahassee. In the past, he had issues with drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, and tragedy as mentioned in his book “The Housekeeper.”
Hailey Bevis, Samman’s girlfriend, died in a car accident in 2013. Samman was heartbroken and guilt-ridden over her death because they were texting when she got into a single-car accident.
Following her death, he returned to the Octagon after over a year away, knocking out Eddie Gordon in December 2014, on Bevis’ birthday. It was a fairytale comeback.
“This is for my mom, this is for Hailey, this is for everyone who has cared for me and helped me back to where I am today,” Samman said at the time.
After The Tragedy
After that, Samman got himself into fighting and training as well as writing. In addition to “The Housekeeper,” Samman also began writing for UFC.com and many MMA websites. He recently wrote a three-part series on Jeff Novitzky, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, and the UFC’s anti-doping partnership with USADA.
Just last week, Samman tweeted that he signed his next tour agreement. He was to fight Oluwale Bambgose at UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany, N.Y on December 9.
Samman had lost matches two in a row, most recently a second-round TKO loss in July to Tim Boetsch. Before that, he held a four-fight winning streak from 2012 to 2015. In 2013, Samman was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 17, losing to Kelvin Gastelum in the semifinals, who went on to win.