UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father ‘dies aged just 57 of complications from coronavirus’ in Moscow hospital after undergoing emergency bypass surgery for heart attack suffered at hands of Covid-19
- Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father suffered heart attack after getting coronavirus
- He then had complications stemming from infection and has died aged 57
- The news was revealed online by controversial Cechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov
- He wrote: ‘Sad news reached me, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov left this world’
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap ‘has died in hospital after complications from an infection stemming from coronavirus’.
The legendary trainer had been hospitalised in Moscow for weeks after suffering a heart attack following his contraction of Covid-19.
His death was announced by Cechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, as reported by RT, with a message which read: ‘Sad news reached me, friends, that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had left this world.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov (left), father of UFC star Khabib (right) has ‘died in hospital’
The legendary coach was unofficially called ‘Father of Dagestan MMA’ and had a huge impact
‘From all Chechen people I offer sincere condolences to the family of Abdulmanap! He left us, leaving behind a good name and raising a worthy generation!’
Abdulmanap fell ill back in April with pneumonia-like symptoms and his condition deteriorated.
He was then flown to hospital in Moscow where he tested positive for coronavirus and then suffered a heart attack before undergoing bypass surgery.
The veteran coach was then put into a medically induced coma and when he regained consciousness was reportedly struggling with his speech and according to Kadyrov, has since died.
Abdulmanap was incredibly close with Khabib, who he trained up in Sambo and wrestling since the UFC lightweight champion was a little boy, even having his son fight bear cubs.
He was refused a visa to travel for Khabib’s fights in the US but was in attendance last year in Abu Dhabi to see the title defence against Dustin Poirier.
Khabib recently revealed that he had been visiting his father every day in hospital.
He said: ‘I visit him, he recognizes me, but there’s no communication because he’s connected to [medical] devices.
‘Every day they let me in, I spend half an hour [with him], I hold his hand. When I ask: “Father, do you recognize me?” He gestures and lets me know.’
After the news that Abdulmanap was in a coma, Khabib’s long-time rival – Conor McGregor – sent his best wishes on Twitter.
Back in May, McGregor tweeted: ‘Praying for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A man responsible for more world champions, across multiple fighting disciplines, than we even know.
‘A true martial genius! Very saddened upon hearing this news tonight. Praying for the Nurmagomedov family at this time.’
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