- As per The Clark County coroner’s office in Nevada, Stephan Bonnar’s death was drug-related
- The UFC legend is said to have died of Fentanyl, Parafluorofentanyl and Mitragynine intoxication
After months of speculations, The Clark County coroner’s office in Nevada has finally lifted the lid on the cause of Stephan Bonnar’s death.
The UFC legend accidentally OD’d
Initially, it was said that Bonnar died due to “presumed heart complications.” However, in the coroner’s office’s response to a public records request following Bonnar’s death on Dec. 22, it was declared that the UFC Hall of Famer died from an accidental overdose of “Fentanyl, Parafluorofentanyl and Mitragynine intoxication,” per MMA Fighting.
For context, the report added that “Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid at the center of the ongoing opioid crisis” and is “100 times more potent than morphine.” The drug was also reportedly linked to “thousands upon thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S.,” including the death of MMA fighter Jordan Young in 2021.
On the other hand, “Parafluorofentanyl is an analogue of fentanyl, while Mitragynine is an active compound of the legal painkiller Kratom.”
Due to “medical privacy laws,” the coroner’s office refused to divulge further details on Bonnar’s death. Moreover, the report also noted that such results usually take no longer than “90 days” but Bonnar’s case was prolonged “due to additional testing performed during an autopsy.”
Stephan struggled before his death
Bonnar’s retirement wasn’t peaceful as he had his fair share of troubles and run-ins with the law. In 2021, “The American Psycho” even had an altercation with some medical staff over pain pills because the drug he was requesting conflicted with oxycodone, another drug that had been prescribed with at the time.
In April 2022, Bonnar encountered another adversity when his Nevada home was destroyed by fire.
Bonnar is one of the pioneers in the UFC and is considered as a true legend in the sport. He last fought in the promotion in 2012 and managed to make an MMA return in 2014 when he faced Tito Ortiz at Bellator. He logged a pro MMA record of 15-9 and had epic battles with the biggest names in the sport, including Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin, and Jon Jones.