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MMA fighter killed himself after 'playing Russian roulette'

GUN PLAY: Ivan 'JP' Cole

MIXED MARTIAL arts (MMA) fighter Ivan 'JP' Cole was found dead in his home after reportedly shooting himself in a deadly game of Russian roulette.

Cole's wife, Kymberli, said the 25-year-old had died as a result of "gun play".

A fundraising webpage apparently set up by Kymberli to fund funeral expenses said: “Today June 11, 2016 I lost my husband to gun play. He made a bad decision that cost him his life. If you could donate anything I would really appreciate

"I have to pay for funeral expenses, bills, and be able to take care of myself and our daughter.

"Anything would help in my time of need thank you!"

She later wrote a message to those who had donated.

It read: "I can't even describe how thankful I am for you all I don't even know how I'll make it through this he was my rock, if you didn't know him I wish you could have. He was so sweet so caring he'd give the shirt off his back."

A statement on the Dallas Police Department website said: “On June 11, 2016, at approximately 7.31am, officers responded to a shooting in the 13700 block of Montfort Drive. Officers found Ivan Robert-Earnest Cole, B/M 25-years-old, deceased.

“The death of Mr. Cole will be classified as an unexplained death pending the results of the autopsy.”

Fellow MMA fighter An-Twan Williams paid tribute to Cole’s talent, saying: “He’s such a great athlete in the cage or in the ring, just such a great athlete. You can’t even explain it, but when you see him outside of the ring or the cage, he’s just so cool.”

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