On the same day as the first-ever Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi World Championship run by BJJ’s central authority, Ryan Gracie was found dead in his jail cell in Sao Paulo this morning after being arrested for stealing a car yesterday.
According to Gracie Magazine, when police visited Gracie’s cell this morning at 7am as part of the normal routine, he was found passed away. No details about the cause of death were given.
It goes without saying that the name Gracie is synonymous with Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Ryan Gracie’s passing will likely have an effect on today’s Championship, to be held in Southern California. The FightWorks Podcast will be there and will have coverage for you in tomorrow’s episode of our weekly audio show.
Our thoughts are with those who were close to the fallen fighter.