Urijah Faber posted a message on Twitter that stated MMA veteran Joe Camacho had passed away of a heart attack early Monday morning.
He passed at 5 AM to a heart attack. Joe Was 43 yrs old. Joe camacho. pic.twitter.com/Usm9RB3SOw
— Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) December 16, 2013
Camacho, who ran the Joe Camacho Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, competed as a lightweight inside the cage. He was 13-19 in his career, including a pair of 2013 fights for Bellator in which he lost via decision.
His most recent bout came on November 2 when he lost to Cleber Luciano at Bellator 106.
Camacho’s first official fight came in 1999, as he lost to Joe Stevenson. He strung together a five-five unbeaten streak between 2006-08, and competed against the likes of Fabricio Camoes, Roger Huerta and Antonio McGee during his career.
If you wish to leave him a message, you can do so on the official Facebook page for the gym.
Other people involved in the MMA world sent in their condolences to the news.
Sad to say that my friend, MMA fighter, Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt & all around great guy, Joe Camacho has passed on from a Heart Attack. RIP Joe
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) December 16, 2013
Joe Camacho passed away. Always a very nice helpful person looking to spread knowledge and offer help. God speed to his family and friends.
— Brett Cooper (@BrettCoopermma) December 16, 2013
RIP joe camacho. My cousin died this morning of a heart attack. I love you bro.
— Charlie Valencia (@charlievalencia) December 16, 2013