Victoria Lee, a rising star in mixed martial arts, has passed away, ONE Championship and her family announced Saturday. She is 18 years old.
Angela Lee said in a social media message that her sister died on December 26. Her cause of death was not released.
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“She left so early and our family has been completely broken since then,” Angela Lee said. “We miss her. The most important thing in the world. Our family will never be the same. Life will never be the same.
“We miss you so much, sister. More than you can imagine. We are all broken. Because a part of you is in each of us, and when you left, those pieces were torn from us. We will never be the same up”
ONE Championship also posted a tweet confirming the woman’s death.
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“The ONE Championship team is saddened by the tragic passing of Victoria Lee,” the company said. “Our sincerest condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.”
ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong also addressed Lee’s death on social media.
“My heart is broken by Victoria Lee’s passing. I first met Victoria when she was 11 years old. Over the years, I watched her grow as a martial artist and as a person,” he said. “I always remember her being wise, thoughtful and selfless beyond her years. Sure, she was a phenomenal martial arts prodigy at the time, but I could see she was so much more than that. Victoria had the purest heart of gold and intelligence She took care of others before herself. She wanted to give her life to help the world. I will always remember Victoria as a beautiful and precious soul.”
Sityodtong also expressed condolences to Lee’s family.
Lee’s sister Angela and brother Christian are ONE champions.
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Lee has three victories in her ONE career, the last of which was a TKO win over Victoria Souza at ONE Championship Revolution in September 2021.