Aleksandr Pisarev, a professional mixed martial arts fighter from Russia has died at the age of 33, reportedly from food poisoning.
“According to preliminary data, death was the result of food poisoning,” a source from Pisarev’s team told Russia’s state-run news agency Tass. According to the report, the source said Pisarev died in his sleep, and that he didn’t have any chronic health issues.
On its Russian social media site VKontakte, the Tomahawk team confirmed Pisarev’s passing on October 30 without listing a cause of death.
“My brother, my friend, my student! Words cannot express the extent of the loss. Alexander Pisarev is the standard of friendship, decency and courage of a Russian person. I and we will miss you!!! Rest in peace our brother,” the team’s statement said.
Pisarev’s father, Igor Vladimirovich, reportedly told the SHOT Telegram channel that he lived in an apartment in Moscow, with his son and his wife, and that he found Pisarev unconscious at around 4 p.m. local time on Sunday after returning home from a walk with their dog.
“I looked into the room — Alexander and his wife were sleeping. I came closer and then realized that my son was no longer breathing,” Pisarev’s father said, adding that Alexander’s wife was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
Investigators in the city of Balashikha, which lies around 20km to the east of Moscow, have since announced that they are officially looking into the circumstances of Pisarev’s passing.
“An investigation was organized into the death of an athlete as a result of poisoning…,” read a message on the Telegram channel of the Moscow Region Investigative Committee.
“Investigators, with the participation of a forensic specialist, are conducting an additional inspection of the scene, confiscating items relevant to the investigation, and planning a forensic chemical examination.”
Pisarev’s last professional fight was in February 2020, when he lost to Maksim Usoyan, from Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Aleksandr Pisarev amassed a 3-2 pro MMA record and competed in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions.
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