Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Ryan Jimmo was killed Sunday, June 26, when he was stuck in an alleged hit-and-run accident in his native Canada. He was 34.
While authorities did not immediately reveal Jimmo’s name as the victim, his aunt confirmed that her nephew did in fact die after he was hit by a car while walking to his own vehicle in Edmonton. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.
The driver of the car that police say hit Jimmo allegedly fled the scene after striking him and has not been located at this time. A police reports states that Jimmo had some type of “altercation” with the operator of the other vehicle before he was hit.
After the tragic news broke, reactions and tributes to the former UFC star poured in via social media. You can view some of those posts below.
RIP Ryan Jimmo pic.twitter.com/ZPMHGhRAGl
— Dana White (@danawhite) June 27, 2016
— Sean O’Connell (@realOCsports) June 27, 2016
The world lost an incredible man this weekend. With a very heavy heart I regret to inform all of you that Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo passed away. He was a very dear friend to me. We worked together on many projects and shared many laughs. I will greatly miss this man and all of his quirkiness. He was a brave warrior, articulate gentleman and passionate humanitarian. #ripbigdeal #ripjimmo
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Wow! Sad to hear about the recent tragic passing of UFC Vet Ryan Jimmo. Terrible! My prayers out to his family during this time.
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) June 27, 2016
— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) June 27, 2016
Hope they find the cowards responsible, too much senseless death this year. #RIPRyanJimmo
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 27, 2016
— Anthony Birchak (@abirchakMMA) June 27, 2016
Wow this is unreal! Was such a laugh to be around him in the practice room! Another good one lost to madness! https://t.co/jOrvBhlQEY
— Michael Johnson (@FollowTheMenace) June 27, 2016
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) June 27, 2016