UFC champion Evan Tanner found dead in desert after 5 days missing

September 9th, 2008 - 3:33 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Evan Tanner, an ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion was found dead at the age of 37 in California’s desert area on Monday. UFC’s web site reported.

Regarding the website Tanner was officially reported missing since Friday, his dead body was found in Palo Verde Valleyon, California on
Monday by Imperial County Sheriff’s Department.

The cause of Tanner’s death were unclear . TMZ assumed that Tanner went into the desert and was able to text that he was out of water.

“Tanner sent a text message to a friend that he was out of water and needed help. There was a massive search that ended abruptly.” TMZ reported.

The reason for going to desert of the UFC champion was quite strange. Regarding to his Spike TV blog, Tanner wrote last month he was going to the desert because of his friends talking about “treasure hunting and lost gold, and my own insatiable appetite for adventure and exploration . . . I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment could cost me my life.”

John Hayner, an agent of Tanner, described him as he led a simple life and always had an appreciation for the outdoors.

“He was always planning on going on some sort of adventure,” Hayner told UFC.com. “And he never needed the finer things or made a fuss about them. He just needed enough for gas, shelter, and training.” added he.

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