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Local MMA Veteran Corey Hill passes away at 36

Sad news arrived to us Friday, as we learned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Corey “The Real Deal” Hill passed away at the age of 36.

Hill went into cardiac arrest as a result of a collapsed lung.

Hill’s wife Lauran spoke with TMZ and said this of her late husband.

“Corey was a loving husband and devoted father,” Hill said  “He was such a strong role model for our children, and would do anything to keep them safe and happy and healthy. A fighter ’til the end.”

A two-time state champion wrestler at Springstead high school, Hill was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter season five, losing in the quarterfinals.

He had 6 win and 9 losses as a fighter, but will be remembered for breaking his leg against Dale Hartt.

Fighting aside, Hill was devoted in giving back to his community, helping out The Sharks Wrestling Club at Nature Coast High School.

Corey is survived by his wife and three children.

Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.



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  • I am offering Corey’s family heartfelt condolences during the loss of such a fine Young man..

    Saturday, 23 May 2015, 9:23 pm
  • My heart is truly weakened today. Weve known each other since we were teenagers. But undoubtedly a success story

    Saturday, 23 May 2015, 3:46 pm
  • Very sad to hear,,,,,How did he end up with a collapsed lung?

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 11:32 pm
  • I am so sad to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful guy.

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 8:34 pm
  • me and Cory went far back as high school he was a great friend and a great leader. He will be missed.

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 5:10 pm
  • Corey was a friend with my son Scott. His father talked Scott into going into summer camp. Scott walked with crutches and was a little, more than a little, worried about going away for a week. Corey and his father talked him in to it and he had a blast. Thanks to both of you and his memory will always be in our hearts.

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 4:20 pm
  • So sad. Had Corey in elementary school. Loved his parents too. Elinora and Bill

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 3:36 pm
  • R.I.P Praying GOD will help his family thru these rough times

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 9:51 am
  • So sad. My heart aches for his wife and kids. Sending prayers…rest well Corey.

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 9:40 am
  • My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight. He was at all the kids games chearing on the whole team. He was a very positive role model for all children but expecialy his own 3 beautiful kids. Hill family I am so sorry for you loss. May time heal your heart and God keep you during this difficult time.

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 8:28 am
  • Sending prayers

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 1:42 am
  • did he and his family still live in spring hill? sad what a shame so young.

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 1:17 am
  • This is such a shame. Corey was a loving family man. An absolute wonderful father. The Hill’s are a beautiful family. His mother has educated many of our children through the years & loved & supported Corey tremendously. This beautiful family will never be the same. This is awful & we are so sorry.

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 12:39 am
  • Rest in Heaven Corey…. You were a great person and God needed you. Prayers go out to the family.

    Saturday, 16 May 2015, 12:27 am
  • Such a sad story. He was much too young. I will pray for his family.

    Friday, 15 May 2015, 11:03 pm

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