Graciefighter.com passes along the bad news:
The father of Jake Shields has passed away. It was learned that he died peacefully as he slept. Jack Shields was instrumental in his son’s MMA career. He taught Jake the values of hard work and perseverance. He was always there and was a fervent supporter through Jake’s early years in wrestling and when Jake transcended to MMA.
Jack would often make the long drive from his home to watch Jake practice and was always at Jake’s fights. He was part of our team and we will miss him.
“lost my father manager and one of my best friends today!! R.I.P jack you will be greatly missed and loved by many” – Jake Shields
Jack Shields coached his son in wrestling from the ages of nine to 19, and first got involved in Jake’s MMA career when the Cesar Gracie product had trouble finding opponents following his 2002 Shooto upset of Hayato Sakurai. Our thoughts are with Jake during this sad time.