Sadly, it was revealed today through GracieFighter.com that UFC welterweight fighter Jake Shields’ father and manager Jack Shields has passed away at age 67 from natural causes.
Since Jake has been a longtime member of the Cesar Gracie fight team with deep ties to the Gracie family, GracieFighter.com hosted a message about his father’s passing.
“The father of Jake Shields has passed away. It was learned that he died peacefully as he slept. Jack Shields was instrumental in his son’s MMA career. He taught Jake the values of hard work and perseverance. He was always there and was a fervent supporter through Jake’s early years in wrestling and when Jake transcended to MMA.
“Jack would often make the long drive from his home to watch Jake practice and was always at Jake’s fights. He was part of our team and we will miss him.”
Shields issued a brief message himself through the website.
“lost my father manager and one of my best friends today!! R.I.P jack you will be greatly missed and loved by many,” he said.
The 32-year-old fighter with a record of 26-5-1 is gearing up to face off against Jake Ellenberger in the main event of the aptly titled UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger on September 17 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.