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Wanderlei Silva confirms news of father’s passing, thanks fans for thoughts and prayers

Wanderlei Silva‘s father, Holando Pinheiro da Silva, passed away Sunday in Brazil after suffering fatal injuries in a car accident. Silva, who is targeting a return to the Octagon before year’s end, confirmed the grim news on Twitter.

The loss of the man who helped raise “The Axe Murderer” has understandably hit Silva hard, though he has remained grateful for the encouragement he’s received from his fans.

“No words to thank the support from you guys,” Tweeted Silva. “We did not know what else to do at such times and we see who is with us thank you. I thank all very (message) and all the prayers you guys do not know how much help me.”

It remains unclear if the unexpected loss will affect Silva’s decision to fight again this year or not.

Below is a video Silva released last week of him spending time with his family in Curitiba:

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC