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Wanderlei Silva’s Father Killed in Car Accident in Brazil

Sad news out of Brazil today, Potato Nation, as it has been reported that MMA legend Wanderlei Silva’s father, Holando Pinheiro da Silva, was killed in a car accident yesterday. Holando, who makes an appearance around the 1:20 mark of the above video that was shot just a few days ago, fully supported Wanderlei’s career as a mixed martial artist and claimed he was “bringing pride to all of Brazil.”

Badnewsfmcuritaba first broke the news, as translated by Google:

The father of MMA fighter Wanderlei Silva, Holando Pinheiro da Silva, died in a car accident this afternoon. The accident occurred in the region of Castro, where his father lived fighter. The body was taken to the Forensic Institute of Ponta Grossa, in the Campos Gerais region. According to relatives, Wanderlei Silva is in Las Vegas, United States, and was told of the accident by phone. The fighter comes to Paraná tomorrow.

Wanderlei was quick to thank all of his fans and followers for their support in this trying time:


Translated by Google: Thank you for the strength my brothers please pray for our family time and more difficult still as well that we have the support of God

I believe I speak on behalf of everyone here at CagePotato when I say that my thoughts and prayers go out to Wanderlei and his family. If you have a few minutes on your hand (and a Twitter account), make sure to extend your condolences to him as well.

-J. Jones

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imnotgay- September 1, 2012 at 1:10 am
now i see where wanderlei gets his good looks from
JayJitsu310- August 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm
I just watched this video yesterday, and was impressed by this man who unfortunately has been taken from us in such a horrible way. My thoughts and blessings go out to Wanderlei, his family, and especially his mother. A very sad day
Ricardo Guitardo- August 28, 2012 at 10:37 am
Well since Silva's career is pretty much completely done since the advent of stircter drug / steroid testing in MMA. He can concentrate on taking care of his familiy in their time of need. He doesn't need to worry about cycles or random testing or masking drug tests or winning fights or anything like that.
JayJitsu310- August 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm
@Ricardo, you are a classless piece of shit. Go die slow somewhere
JayJitsu310- August 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm
You should come to LA and King's MMA and read that comment out loud you disrespectful piece of trash
Nippletwist- August 28, 2012 at 8:05 am
ArmFarmer- August 28, 2012 at 6:56 am
Grow up nippletwist, this isn't the place for that shit. Show some respect.
RwilsonR- August 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm
Awful news for Wanderlei and his family. My prayers go out to to them.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm
wandy, another guys chaels scared to fight. it'd be nice to see wandy knock him out.
Drewimus- August 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm
Additionally, your god is a piece of shit, if he actually exists.
Drewimus- August 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm
I'm sorry for your loss Wandy, I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope this ordeal is as painless as possible.
The12ozCurls- August 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Having lost my father in a sudden/unexpected fashion: I feel your pain Wandy. My thoughts and sympathy go out to you and your family during this trying time.
ArmFarmer- August 27, 2012 at 10:40 am
Very unfortunate news. It will surely be a difficult time for him and his family, hope he is able to bounce back and live life to it's fullest. I'm sure that's what his father would have wanted.
RearNakedSpoon- August 27, 2012 at 10:23 am
Wandy is a really nice guy and I believe his father must be a great man for moulding his son to become the Wandy we all know and love. My deepest sympathies go out to their family at this difficult time when a loved one is taken in such a horrible and sudden manner.
Mauro Dos Santos- August 27, 2012 at 10:22 am
The correct translation would be: "Thank you for all your strenght my brothers please pray for our family it is a very dificult moment but fortunately we have God´s support"

Loss can come upon you suddenly and overwhelm you with grief.. May God be close to Wanderlei and his family is this dificult moment.
cman- August 27, 2012 at 9:37 am
Assume a petition jones for resurrection joke here.

To soon? Ok
cman- August 27, 2012 at 9:36 am
Tragic. Prayers to the whole family to have strength thru trying times.
amsterdamheavy- August 27, 2012 at 9:26 am
Sorry for your loss Wandy
Fried Taco- August 27, 2012 at 9:07 am
It sucks to lose someone close to you, especially when it is sudden and unexpected. My prayers are with Wandy and his family.