Dallas area MMA fighter Ivan 'J.P.' Cole died in what may have been a Russian roulette game

Ivan “J.P.” Cole (from https://www.gofundme.com/28xxy3g4)

Ivan "J.P." Cole, a Dallas-area mixed-martial arts fighter, was found dead Saturday morning, with his wife saying she had been told that he died while "playing Russian roulette."

"Today June 11, 2016 I lost my Husband A day after our 2 year anniversary," Kymberli Cole wrote on a GoFundMe account set up to pay for the funeral of her 25-year-old husband. "[T]hey report He was playing Russian roulette And I still Haven't gotten back an autopsy. My husband was my strength and guidance He was. A beloved husband father & son he made sure everyone has everything they needed I'm asking For you to help us Out financially He leaves behind a Four year old daughter And a wife, mother father sister and Brother Whom he loved dearly."

On an earlier version of the GoFundMe page, she wrote that she had lost her husband "to gun play" and added, "he made a bad decision that cost him his life."

Cole's mother, Kimberly, told the New York Daily News on Saturday: "Some say it was about money, someone said something about Russian roulette, but I don't have any facts now. … I'm a bit devastated at this time."

CBS's Dallas affiliate carried the Russian roulette report as well, but reporter J.D. Miles noted that witness accounts that Cole was playing Russian roulette were still being investigated Saturday evening. "But," he tweeted, "evidence at [the] scene raises questions."

Antwan Williams, a fellow MA fighter, is skeptical of the Russian roulette report and praised Cole. "He's such a great athlete in the cage or in the ring, just such a great athlete," he told CBS. "You can't even explain it, but when you see him outside of the ring or the cage, he's just so cool."

Cole, a New Orleans native, is survived by his wife, with whom he celebrated the second anniversary of their marriage on June 10, and a 4-year-old daughter. He became a professional MMA fighter in 2012 and last competed in Bellator 135 in March 2015, losing to George Pacurariu in the first round via submission.

Dallas police, in a statement on their website, say that Cole's death "will be classified as an unexplained death pending the results of the autopsy."


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(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Cindy Boren · SPORTS · Jun 14, 2016 - 3:25 PM



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