Fau Vake, a fighter out of New Zealand-based City Kickboxing gym, reportedly passed away earlier this week after being attacked earlier this month in Auckland, New Zealand. News of Vake’s passing was first reported by the NZ Herald on Saturday.
Vake’s passing came from injuries he suffered due to an altercation on May 16th last week. He was admitted to the hospital in critical condition and was on life support for days, per the NZ Herald report.
Four men have been arrested and charged with crimes in relation to it – three of them being handed assault charges.
Vake competed twice as an amateur in MMA, winning both of his appearances in 2016.
Vake, 25, is the father of a three-year-old girl. A crowdfunding page to alleviate the Vake family “bills and other necessities” has raised $11,000 so far.
City Kickboxing paid tribute to Vake in an Instagram post on Sunday.
“How we will remember you Toko, under the bright lights where life is simple and life makes sense, we will honour your memory forever,” said New Zealand-based gym City Kickboxing on Instagram.
UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya, a City Kickboxing member who trained alongside Vake, offered support for him earlier in the week while he was in the hospital.
“Fau [Vake] is still fighting,” said Adesanya on May 17th. “Please pray for him.”