Rising MMA star Victoria Lee dies at 18

ONE Championship rising star Victoria Lee has died at the age of 18.

so Instagram In a post on Saturday, January 7, MMA fighter Angela Lee shared that her sister, Victoria, passed away last December 26, 2022. Her cause of death has not been shared at this time.

“She passed away way too soon and our family has been completely devastated ever since,” she wrote. Our families will never be the same, our lives will never be the same.”

Angela continued, “Victoria was the most beautiful soul that ever lived. She was the best sister in the world. Best daughter, best granddaughter and best godmother/aunt to Ava and Alya.”

“We miss you more than you can imagine,” she wrote. “We are all broken. Parts of you are in each of us, and those parts were torn from us when you left. We will never be the same.”

Angela wrote that she has always remembered Victoria since her sister’s death. From sunshine to sunset. You taught us to see beauty in simple things. “

“You were our bright light. Our sun. And that will never change,” she said. “You were perfect in every way. The best person I ever knew. The most beautiful girl inside and out. We love Victoria. We love Sprout. Till the end of time.”

To conclude her message, Angela asked her family for “grace and respect” and urged others to check in on their loved ones, saying, “Hold them and know how much they mean to you.” Tell me. You never know.

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Tributes to the young rising star flooded across social media, paying tribute to the athlete, including a post from global sports media platform ONE Championship.

“ONE Championship Team is devastated by the tragic death of Victoria Lee,” the post reads. twitter read. “My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

upon FacebookONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong shared a moving message, saying he was “heartbroken” by Victoria’s death.

“I first met Victoria when she was 11. Over the years I have watched her blossom as a martial artist and as a person,” writes Sityodtong. “I always remember thinking how smart, thoughtful, and selfless she was over the years. I understand.”

Sityodtong said the young fighter had a “golden heart and a brilliant brain”, adding, “She cared more for others than herself. She wanted to use her life to help the world.” I will always remember Victoria’s beautiful and precious soul.”

Victoria has parents Ken and Jewels Lee, younger sister Angela, 26, brothers Christian, 24, and Adrian, 17, and niece Ava, 1, whom Angela shares with her husband Bruno Pucci. ing.

All of Victoria’s siblings have participated in MMA. Angela became the youngest person to win a world title in MMA in 2016, while Christian is the current ONE Welterweight World Champion and ONE Lightweight World Champion. Adrian is the latest addition to the family business and won the amateur title December 2022.

Throughout her ONE Championship career, Victoria competed in the women’s atomweight division.according to company, Victoria has three wins under her belt. Most recently, she defeated Victoria Souza by TKO in the second round in September 2021.

This article was originally published on TODAY.com