MMA fighter Victoria Lee, the young sister of ONE World Champions Angela and Christian Lee, died at age 18 on Dec. 26, her family announced on social media.
Angela broke the news in an Instagram post over the weekend.
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“On December 26, 2022, our family experienced something no family should ever have to go through… It is incredibly difficult to say this… Our Victoria passed away,” Angela wrote.
According to Angela, her family has been devastated since Victoria’s death.
“We miss her. More than anything in this world. Our family will never be the same. Life will never be the same.”
Angela, who is also an MMA fighter, did not divulge her sister’s cause of death and requested privacy for her family as they deal with their loss. She also reminded people to check in on their loved ones because “you just never know.”
The rising MMA star made her fighting debut on Feb. 26, 2021, at ONE Championship 129: Fists Of Fury event.
Prior to her death, she held an undefeated professional record of 3-0.
ONE Championship also took to social media to confirm the young fighter’s passing.
The ONE Championship team is devastated over the tragic passing of Victoria Lee. We send our most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/EUIp8jplxN
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 8, 2023
“The ONE Championship team is devastated over the tragic passing of Victoria Lee,” the Singaporean company wrote in a tweet. “We send our most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.”
In a Facebook post. ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong wrote that the fighter’s death left him heartbroken.
“I first met Victoria when she was 11 years old. I watched her blossom over the years as a martial artist and a human being,” he shared. “I always remember thinking how wise, thoughtful, and selfless she was beyond her years. Of course, she was an extraordinary martial arts prodigy even back then, but I could see that she was so much more than that.”