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Jahreau Shepherd dead aged 30: Tributes flood in for tragic British MMA champion

TRAGIC DEATH

BRITISH MMA champ Jahreau Shepherd has tragically passed away aged 30.

Shepherd is thought to have died suddenly on Saturday, but a cause of death is yet to be announced.

The fighter was welterweight champ with MMA promotion Contenders.

And the they confirmed the incredibly sad news on Instagram.

A statement posted to the social media site said: "Everyone at Contenders is absolutely devastated to hear of Jahreau Shepherd‘s death.

"Jay, our welterweight champion, was hugely talented and great fun to be around, a big personality with a huge smile and infectious laugh.

"Inside the cage, he was destined for the top - a champion in three different organisations with heavy hands and a warrior heart.

"Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this terrible time.

"Rest in peace, champ."

Known as 'The Nightmare' he had a 6-2 record from his professional fights.

MMA commentator Michael Morgan was one of many leaving tributes for the fighter.

He tweeted: "Absolutely shocked to hear the news this morning.

"A true gentleman inside and outside the cage.

"Rest in peace UK MMA's Jahreau Shepherd."

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