Rising MMA Star Victoria ‘The Prodigy’ Lee Dies at 18 – National | globalnews.ca

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Victoria Lee, an up-and-coming talent in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), has died at the age of 18, her family has confirmed.

Lee died on December 26, leaving his family “completely devastated,” according to a post on his Instagram page.

“We are all broken. Because a piece of you was in each of us and when you left, those pieces were ripped from us. We will never be the same,” the post reads. “You taught us to see beauty in simple things. You were our shining light. our sun. And that will never change.”

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Lee was born and raised in Hawaii in a family of MMA stars. His sister, Angela, holds the ONE Championship atomweight world title, while his brother, Christian, is the ONE Championship lightweight champion, The Guardian reported. ONE Championship is the largest MMA promoter in Asia.

Lee was a rising star in her own right and was hailed as “The Prodigy” for her natural talent at a young age.

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He had an undefeated 3-0 professional record since making his debut in 2021. Lee recently took a break from fighting to focus on finishing high school.

Lee’s family did not say how he died.

“Please give our family grace and respect during this very difficult time. And please check your loved ones. Keep checking them. Give them hugs and tell them how much they mean to you. You never know,” concludes the family’s publication.

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ONE Championship also confirmed Lee’s death on social media, writing that they were “devastated by his tragic passing.”

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“We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”

ONE Championship President and CEO Chatri Sityodtong paid tribute to Lee in a Facebook post.

“I am heartbroken by the death of Victoria Lee. I met Victoria when she was 11 years old. I watched her blossom over the years as a martial artist and as a human being,” Sityodtong wrote.

“Of course, she was an extraordinary martial arts prodigy even back then, but I could see that she was much more than that. Victoria had the purest heart of gold and a brilliant mind.”

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“May you rest in peace, Victoria. We will all miss you.”

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