According to both GracieMag and Tatame, Helio Gracie passed away last night at the age of 95. Helio Gracie’s last public appearance was at a belt promotion ceremony for red and black belts in December of 2008.
Without the efforts of Helio Gracie, Brazilian jiu-jitsu would surely not be what it is today. Very few of us would be training Brazilian jiu-jitsu were it not for his works. On behalf of The FightWorks Podcast and The Mighty 600,000, I offer our most sincere condolences to the Gracie family.
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UPDATE 5:06 PM PACIFIC: According to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, the hospital stated Helio Gracie’s condition originally suggested pneumonia. Leukemia was discovered, although the article stops short of stating that leukemia was the GrandMaster’s cause of death. The funeral will be held at 5pm this coming Thursday in Petrópolis Municipal Cemetery.