MMAjunkie confirmed the news with Samman’s longtime friend Christopher Rothstein, who posted on his Facebook page: “My heart is heavy, as are so many others this morning, as today the world has lost an amazing human being.
My condolences goes out to family!!!” Samman, who earned an overall record of 12-4 and was 3-2 in the UFC after his time on “TUF,” was breathing when officers arrived on a 911 call from a friend, who found the men and began administering CPR to Samman.
No stranger to tragedy, Samman also was a writer who intimately detailed his battles with substance abuse and the death of his girlfriend three years ago from a single-car accident that happened while the two were texting each other.
A sometime columnist for the MMA website BloodyElbow.com, he detailed his experiences in and outside of the octagon and interviewed UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky.
Samman’s mother denied rumors that the fighter had been using heroin, telling FOX Sports in a statement: “In spite of speculation, there was no heroin found in Josh’s system whatsoever.