Legendary jiu-jitsu fighter Leandro Lo was shot dead in a brawl after allegedly pinning an attacker, who then drew a gun.
The 33-year-old was pronounced brain dead after being shot in the head at point-blank range at a concert in Sao Paulo, Los’ lawyer said.
The killing allegedly took place during a confrontation between Lo and police officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, MMA Fighting reported.
Lo was hospitalized by Dr. Brought Arthur Ribeiro de Saboya but pronounced brain dead hours later.
According to witnesses, Velozo grabbed a bottle from Lo’s table and the militant pulled him down and pinned him to the ground, the publication said, citing a police report.
It is alleged that the pair became separated when Velozo allegedly withdrew a gun and fired a round into Lo’s forehead.
The Brazilian champion has dominated the world of jiu-jitsu since 2011 and has won eight world titles, making him one of the most accomplished fighters in the sport of all time.
Lo won another world championship in California earlier this year.
Honors have been poured in for the sports legend.
Former UFC fighter Kenny Florian tweeted: “A very sad day for the BJJ community. Leandro was a legend.”
UFC commentator John Gooden wrote: “I am saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Leandro Lo. One of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu players of all time.
“Absolutely tragic. My condolences to his family and friends.”
Sports commentator and former heavyweight champion Josh Thomson tweeted, “The word legend gets thrown around far too often in esports, but it can’t be thrown around enough when it comes to your name in jiu-jitsu.
“Leandro Lo my heart and prayers to your family my brother. Rest in peace my friend.”
The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation confirmed the star’s death in a tweet.
They wrote: “The IBJJF and Jiu-Jitsu community is extremely saddened by the passing of Leandro Lo.
“Lo was one of the greatest athletes our sport has ever produced. An example of a true black belt, martial artist and champion on and off the mat. RIP legend.”
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