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Joseph Madden
12-16-2007, 12:56 PM
Found dead in a San Paolo jail cell. He died one day after being arrested for reputedly stealing a car.
He was being treated with anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs. An earlier urine test apparently uncovered traces of cocaine and marijuana in his system. He was 33 and 5 time world champion in BJJ.

gdandscompserv
12-16-2007, 03:22 PM
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5gR7WX0nsR8od2g5d0A3NI9xzHzFg

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/4901-MMA-Ryan_Gracie_the_Bad_Boy_of_Brazilian_Jiu-Jitsu_Dies_in_Jail_Cell-151207

Lorien Lowe
12-19-2007, 05:46 PM
Wow. I don't really follow MMA or BJJ, and I was unaware that any of the Gracies had problems of this magnitude.

I guess it goes to show that martial finess and wisdom do not necessarily go together.

ChrisHein
12-20-2007, 11:11 AM
That is a real shame. My feelings go out to the Gracie Family.

brunotex
12-20-2007, 11:53 AM
Unfortunately, it was well known here in Brasil that Ryan had been facing problems with drugs for years...

Nowadays, he was more famous for his street fights and problems with the police..In fact, he was loosing all his top students to others dojos...

I don´t practice BJJ, but I have friends who were Ryan´s students. He was a real talent, but cocaine and crack took his health first and now his life....

My feelings for the family.

One more thing. He was never World Champion in BJJ. They are mentioning his 5 victories in Pride FC.

Kevin Leavitt
12-20-2007, 08:45 PM
http://www.graciemag.com/news/151/ARTICLE/8937/2007-12-18.html