Wanderlei Silva’s Father Killed in Car Accident

Consummate nice guy Wanderlei Silva tragically lost his father today

Horrible news coming from Brazil, and from the family of one of the sport’s most loved figures. Legendary PRIDE and UFC standout Wanderlei Silva lost his father, Holando Pinheiro da Silva, this afternoon in a tragic car accident in the Castro area just northeast of Curitiba. The other driver involved in the head-on collision also passed. Reportedly, Silva was notified over the phone and will travel to Brazil tomorrow to be with his family.

On Twitter, Wanderlei addressed his fans:

Wanderlei Silva ‏@wandfc
(English translation) Thank you for the strength my brothers please pray for our family in this difficult time, with the support of God.
(original Portuguese) Obrigado pela forca meus irmãos por favor orem pela nossa família momento bem difícil mais ainda bem que temos o suporte de Deus

Only four days ago, Silva released a YouTube video featuring his father who has remained close to Wanderlei through the years.

Keep the Silva family in your thoughts during these difficult times.
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