Ex mixed martial arts veteran, Katy Collins has passed away after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was 32.
Coach JT Tilley took to Facebook to share the news about the 32-year old.
“The fight is over. You never stopped fighting and we never gave up on you. Just wasn’t in the cards,” coach JT Tilley wrote “I’ve always been so proud of you Kate. We did it. I was honored to be able to live your dream with you. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I will miss you more than the world will ever know.”
Katy’s professional mixed martial arts career spanned three years, fighting for promotions such as Bellator and Invicta. She was known as “The Red Dragon.” According to the BBC, Katy began fighting professionally in 2015. Her record consisted of seven wins and five defeats.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help with her medical bills prior to her death, keeping fans, family and friends posted on her progress after suffering the aneurysm.
“Everyone knows Katy Collins as a fighter but right now she is fighting for her life,” the page reads. “Katy had a brain aneurysm Friday September 20th and she will have a long road to recovery ahead of her. If anyone knows Katy, you would know she is a loving, caring, selfless individual with a huge heart. Right now she needs help to make it through the next few months with personal and medical expenses piling on. Please, friends family and loved ones… any help at all is appreciated for our friend right now. She needs us all. Thank you.”
Following Katy’s death the organizer of the page, Sarah Jones, shared the news.
“Katy Collins fought as hard as she could. On September 25th, Katy peacefully left this Earth. She leaves behind so many loved ones, family and friends who care so much for her. Katy leaves behind two young sons, who will struggle to understand this, like many of us. Katy was young and strong and full of life and love. Her family will need all the help they can with funeral and medical costs. Any help at all is so appreciated. I know that Katy would have been happier than EVER knowing how much her friends have helped her.”