MANILA: Philippine authorities have said a heart attack caused the death of Chinese mixed martial arts fighter Yang Jian Bing, who collapsed a day before a bout, fight organizers said on Wednesday.
“The official autopsy report administered by the Republic of The Philippines… has determined the cause of death for mixed martial arts athlete and One Championship flyweight Yang Jian Bing to be from an acute myocardial infarction,” One Championship said in a statement on the organization’s website.
One Championship earlier reported the 21-year-old had collapsed and was taken to a Manila hospital on December 10 as he suffered severe dehydration from attempting to make the weight limit for his December 11 fight.
A Filipino medical legal officer performed the autopsy on December 12 to determine the cause and manner of death, which was found to be acute myocardial infarction, the organization said, using the medical term for heart attack.
A private vigil was held in Manila for Yang’s family and friends and his body has been repatriated to China, it added.
Based in Singapore, One Championship maintains a stable of fighters signed to exclusive contracts for fights broadcast on cable television.