Donshay White, amateur fighter, dies following Hardrock MMA fight Saturday night

Coroner rules death of amateur MMA fighter Donshay White: hypertensive / athrosclerotic cardiovascular disease

Roughly two months ago we told you about the unfortunate passing of amateur mixed martial artist Donshay White, who passed away at a hospital following a fight in Kentucky.

Today a coroner has ruled the cause of White’s death as hypertensive / athrosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The 37-year old’s death can be described as “natural causes from heart disease.”

According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office report, White had no illegal or prescribed substances in his body.

The heavyweight fighter was competing against Ricky Muse at Hardrock MMA 90 in Louisville, when after a number of unanswered strikes were sustained, referee Gary Copeland called an end to contest at 2:22 of round two.

White appeared to be exhausted after the contest and collapsed backstage. White became unresponsive and CPR was administered.

White was then transported to KentuckyOne Health Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital where he was later declared deceased.

According to a report from, “White passed two physicals prior to the fight, including one an hour before the fight. White’s former trainer, Billy Smith, was not in his corner that night, but he said the 37-year-old fighter was not in great shape. Smith believes the fallout from his death will bring more regulation from the state.”

“Absolutely the worst possible fear as a promoter of Mixed Martial Arts is somebody would, one, get injured or hurt severely and, two, lose their life,” said Gary Thomas with Hardrock MMA, shortly after White’s death. “So every emotion of sadness, fear and remorse just overwhelms you.”