Former UFC champion Kevin Randleman dies in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO – The Mixed Martial Arts world was grieving this weekend over former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman’s death.

Fox Sports said the Las Vegas resident spent time in San Diego County when he was taken to a hospital for pneumonia and died of heart failure.

On Thursday, Randleman had complained of shortness of breath and flu-like symptoms before he collapsed, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.  Paramedics transported him to Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside where medical staff performed advanced cardiac life support measures, but Randleman did not recover and was pronounced dead.

Randleman won the UFC title in 1999 and was a two-time national champion wrestler at Ohio State University. He was 45 years old, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.

“With saddened hearts, the Randleman family confirms the passing of Kevin ‘The Monster’ Randleman.  Behind the name, was a gentle soul and loyal friend whom will be missed by many who loved him beyond the cage.”

Randleman leaves behind a wife and four children.

Carlsbad resident Karen Karenn created a GoFundMe page in her friend’s honor.

“Kevin made a trip to Camp Pendleton, CA this past fall to commemorate the anniversary of a KIA Marine that was his former college roommate & teammate.  That is the type of friend Kevin Randleman was.  Loyal.” Karenn said. “As heart-broken as I am, I am thankful for today.  Thankful that God allowed my life journey to cross paths with Kevin.”