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Evan Tanner -- Cause of Death

9/9/2008 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We're now told the coroner now has a theory on why former UFC champ Evan Tanner died -- heat exposure.
Evan Tanner
As we first reported, he went missing late last week after taking a lone expedition in the desert. We reported Tanner text messaged a friend that he needed water. A search team found his body yesterday.

There's something weird about this case. Tanner blogged that going into the desert could be life-threatening and he needed the proper equipment. Water should be the first thing that comes to mind, yet he was almost immediately in need of H2O.

Nevertheless, 110+ degree heat is always dangerous. Sad story.

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artie help    

perez sux

2133 days ago
2.

frank the spank    

Wow. TMZ..You're actualy showing SYMPATHY for a change????????????????????/

2133 days ago
3.

jj    

VERY WEIRD...RIP

2133 days ago
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JEN2K    

Ok a$$hats ! Spew your suicide sh!t into the CORONERS face.

Ya'll ever heard of - - - - - - - - SURVIVOR MAN - - - - - - - - - -

Ya'll ever heard of - - - - - - - - - MAN vs WILD BEAR GRYLLS - - - - - - - - -

Ya'll ever think maybe this was a SURVIVOR MAN ADVENTURE GONE WRONG !

I think Ya'll should go out to the same desert and wander around(you know , gather your suicide evidence) don't worry i'll show up by night fall with a compass and water.

2133 days ago
5.

$$$    

why would you "text" a friend when you needed water? Instead of telephoning the authoritiess?

Sounds like a sucide coverup. Follow the money trail....

2133 days ago
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LizBeth    

Sorry is really wrong with all of this. I you read his blog, he researched this trip and prepared in length for it. It is so sad, so young at 37 and I am sure he has left family and friends devastated. Somethings not right here.

2133 days ago
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fuckyouperez    

Life is like a box of chocolates. If you sit in the sun, you melt

2133 days ago
8.

reality    

Heat exposure?? In the desert??? In the summertime???? naaahhhhhh...........

2133 days ago
9.

ME    

IT WAS A SUICIDE YOU IDIOTS.

2133 days ago
10.

Gr8fulDG    

Sounds pretty strange to me, or just another case of plain old stupidity. There has to be more to the story. He was a bad-ass on the mat for sure.

2133 days ago
11.

OCD    



Lunacy. Sheer lunacy.

2133 days ago
12.

bengalchick    

you people are sick..he was a great fighter and it is such a horrible way to die.R.I.P Evan

2133 days ago
13.

get a grip    

I agree w/ # 3 something is very off w/ this story. #4 take your country ass to the desert w/ no water send TMZ a text in a few days and lets us know how you are doing. Ya'll LOL

2133 days ago
14.

JB    

This is survival of the fittest in action. The stupid die off.

2133 days ago
15.

get a grip    

#14 ok I laughed!!!!

2133 days ago
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