Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father and coach Abdulmanap passed away last Friday in a Moscow hospital after complications from the corona virus at the age of 57. The Mirror first reported.
After he was diagnosed with the virus, he suffered a heart attack, after which he was immediately taken for surgery to have a bypass, after which he was placed in an artificially induced coma twice.
His condition was described as “serious but stable” by doctors, but it was announced today that the elderly Nurmagomedov lost his fight with the virus.
The elder Nurmagomedov first fell ill at the end April in the Russian republic of Dagestan, and then he received treatment at the hospital due to symptoms similar to pneumonia, but he refused to be tested for the virus.
When his condition worsened, he was sent on a special flight to Moscow, where he was taken care of in a military hospital. He was tested and tested positive for the corona virus, and shortly afterwards he suffered a heart attack.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s close friend and teammate Daniel Cormier feels uncertain about “The Eagle’s” fighting career after the death of his father.
Speaking to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Cormier talked about a conversation he had with Khabib a few days before Abdulmanap:
“I talked to the champ — my champion, our champion, AKA’s champion — on Wednesday about everything, and he was having difficulties dealing with all this. The training makes him feel better, but it would be very difficult for the champ to fight under those circumstances.”
“Now, I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I really don’t. It’s such a big part of who he is. I don’t know what he’s gonna be able to do without his dad.”
Khabib is set to have his third title defense against interim champion Justin Gaethje in September.