(UnitedVoice.com) – Stephan Bonnar, a UFC Hall of Fame fighter, died in December 2022. He was just 45 years old when he passed away. Months later, officials have finally released his cause of death.
On Tuesday, April 25, the Clark County Coroner’s Officer in Las Vegas, Nevada, told MMA Fighting that Bonnar died from an accidental fentanyl overdose. According to the report, he had a lethal mix of “fentanyl, parafluorofentanyl and mitragynine.” Officials refused to release any other details about his death because privacy laws prohibited it. In 2021, Bonnar discussed his use of opioids when speaking to MMA Fighting. He said that he used oxycodone to treat chronic injuries that he sustained while he was fighting.
Bonnar died on December 22 in Vegas. Originally, his death was blamed on heart problems. UFC President Dana White released a statement at the time saying the late star was “one of the most important fighters to ever compete” in the sport. He went on to say Bonnar’s fight with Forrest Griffin is responsible for changing “the sport forever.”
Bonnar was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. During his career, he had a record of 17-9.
Fentanyl is the driving force behind the current wave of opioid deaths. More than 100,000 people in America died from overdoses in the 12-month period ending March 2022. Most of the deaths were the result of fentanyl. The opioid epidemic is touching every corner of America and killing people of all races and socioeconomic statuses. The federal government is struggling to stop the deaths. The crisis at the southern border certainly isn’t helping matters either.
Sadly, Bonnar isn’t the only celebrity to die from the drug. In 2021, actor Michael K. Williams died from a fentanyl overdose in Brooklyn. Legendary musicians Prince, Coolio, and Tom Petty all died from the deadly drug. Mac Miller also died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
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