After spending five days in a coma, Ultimate Fighter star Josh Samman was pronounced dead in South Florida on October 5. TMZ reports that there are “rumblings that heroin played a role.” Samman was 28 years old. His death was announced on Instagram by fellow Ultimate Fighter star Gilbert Jamal Smith.
His mother told Fox Sports that no heroin was found in Samman’s system. She told the network, “Josh is still in a coma, and more tests are being done. That is the latest update on my son’s condition. And in spite of speculation, there was no heroin found in Josh’s system whatsoever. No matter what people are posting on social media.” The Tallahassee Democrat reports that local police suspect a “drug overdose” in the incident. Local 10 in South Florida also reported that drugs were believed to be involved.
Samman was found alongside his longtime friend, Troy Kirkingburg. Kirkingburg was pronounced dead at the scene. According to his obituary, Kirkingburg had been living in Tallahassee at the time of his death but was a native of Michigan. The tribute adds that he had been working as an announcer for an MMA company in Florida. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Kirkingburg’s family pay for funeral expenses.