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Adrienne Simmons Passes Away

Adrienne Simmons, a local fighter that has trained at several Atlanta gyms and fought locally, has passed away after fighting this weekend in Florida. adrienne

Khunpon, on his way to Florida, confirmed to David Oblas of GeorgiaFighters.com at 9 pm tonight that unfortunately Adrienne passed away.

Adrienne was competing in the IKF Kickboxing Tournament in Florida this weekend and was in the Championship Bout for her weight class. She was knocked out and unresponsive. She was then rushed to the hospital and had surgery for brain bleeding and swelling and went into a coma.

We’ve since learned from an interview with Adrienne’s boyfriend, Chike Lindsay, that there was no ambulance on site at the event and that Adrienne had to wait 30 minutes to be airlifted to a hospital. According to the interview with Chike, it took nearly an hour from the time that Adrienne was injured until she finally arrived at the hospital.

Adrienne’s fight was against Lindsay Scheer, a muay thai fighter from Kentucky that has fought in Atlanta several times.

  • Adrienne’s boyfriend spoke to WFTV in Orlando see it here

On her facebook, Lindsay posted the following:

I have waited to make my statement about the terrible tragedy that has occurred this past weekend at IKFs because I wanted there to be time for all involved especially those closest to Adrienne to have a chance to tell their friends and have their time to process this horrific event, but I feel there are some things that I need to say. What I was hoping would be a wonderful day turned out to be the absolute worst day of my entire life. I had anticipated a great weekend of being around and getting to participate in what I love – Muay thai. I could never have imagined that the weekend would end with me being called into a room by a sheriff to inform me that I am being interviewed for a homicide investigation. I have literally been inconsolable since that moment. I did not know what it really felt like to cry. I was and am broken.
I returned home to be greeted by my amazing parents who drove to my house in Louisville to be with me and tell me in person that they love me and that they are behind me. They also drove down to tell me that my grandmother had died this morning as well. I do not add these details to evoke pity or draw attention to me. In fact, I am done talking about my hurt and my pain because it is only self-serving and would evoke pity and condolences from people that I just don’t want or feel like I deserve. Any energy or thought in this matter must go to Adrienne and Chike. I mention these details because they have helped to bring me to what I am about to say:
A piece of me died in the ring yesterday with Adrienne. I will never get it back…not even in time – it will not heal this, period. However, my initial visceral reaction when I was told by the police officers was a hysterical fit that I will never fight again. To be honest, I am terrified to step into the ring and I don’t know how I will be able to…but again, this is not about me. My grandmother was one of the strongest people I have had the privilege of knowing and Adrienne was one of the bravest. I know that my grandmother would tell me I am being weak and wasteful and I truly believe that Adrienne would want me to continue to fight because if this situation was reversed, I would have wanted her to do the same.
We both love this sport, it is more than what we do, it is a part of who we are and if I spend the rest of my life avoiding Muay Thai, then we both die. I say this because long before the IKF tournament, I had accepted a rematch bout with a very tough dutch girl I had fought last year. This was the toughest fight I have ever had. It is scheduled for Aug 29th in Suriname. I think I have to go through with it. I have to find some way to make myself train and prepare for this match because I feel it needs to be done to commemorate Adrienne. She deserves nothing less. In fact, she deserves more than a bout in her memory, she deserves change. I cannot let her death be in vain. The Kickboxing community needs to make something positive from this tragedy and I’ll do whatever I can to facilitate it. I do not expect everyone to agree with me or even to understand where I am coming from. All that I ask is that you do not judge me. I of course will not proceed with the fight unless I have the support of Chike and those closest to Adrienne because I wish to do nothing that those who knew her best would deem disrespectful. So please…no responses to this post unless it is a way we can begin to make things better.

—Lindsay
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62 Responses to “Adrienne Simmons Passes Away”

  1. n0b0dy says:

    My wife is working a conference at the Marriott and CSI was at the hotel yesterday. The hotel was told that she died yesterday. True or not, my heart goes out to her friends and family.

  2. Jeff says:

    This is truely tragic. Condolences to the family and all of those affected. My thoughts and prayers are with Adrienne.

  3. Mike says:

    I was at the fights this weekend, and I saw Adrienne fight. She showed tremendous spirit and heart all weekend. I was there in her fight for the belt. Her performances all weekend showed tremendous character and heart. I only have the initial report (after law enforcement got involved at the Marriott), and no confirmation as of yet as to her current status. As of 10PM last night, the last I knew was that she was in surgery and they were waiting on her to wake up. I have been scouring the net and my contacts down there to find out more. My sincerest well wishes go out to her and to her family. She has not left my thoughts since the fight.
    ~respect and kindest regards

  4. Ryan says:

    Adrienne, my heart goes out to you! I’ve heard mixed information all day and I just keep trying to stay positive. Hang in there sister. You are an amazing person and an amazing friend! I cherish our friendship greatly and pray that you will come out of this. God bless!!

  5. Nikki says:

    Adrienne you are the very definition of courage, dedication and discipline. Your passion for Muay thai and your willingness to encourage women to train in this sport has open the doors for many of us. Thank you for your bravery and your spirit! May God continue to hold you in His arms!

  6. I never like hearing a story like this. My thoughts are with her and her family during this tragic time!

  7. Rachel says:

    I will always remember my first all womens Muay Thai class lead by you, Adrienne. Your leadership and coaching style encouraged my pursuit of the sport. Your contribution to womens Muay Thai, and your community, will be remembered. R.I.P.

  8. Paul Marfort says:

    I was watching the fight while the tragedy happened. She seemed a very determined person and fighter. I feel very sorry about what happened. There’s no doubt in my mind she’s with God.
    Rest in Peace.
    Paul Marfort

  9. David Crane says:

    My heart goes to Adrienne & all of her family & friends I wish her family as well as Khunpon & his team my best wishes and I’m sorry for your loss

  10. Keith Cotter-Reilly says:

    Thinking of her always. Shouldn’t have happened like this…

  11. Frank Martin says:

    The thought of a friend passing away is always scarring; being so young makes it ever more painful.

    Many good memories, the world you knew will think of you, and smile…..

  12. sly fox says:

    really sorry to hear about this
    tragic loss

  13. Cherrie says:

    Adrienne, you are in my thoughts all day today. I am so saddened, and you are going to be missed. So much for our plans to bake and cookie swap. You have been such an awesome ray of sunshine. You will be missed, BIG TIME!!!

  14. kristen farmer says:

    adrienne. this is not the way you deserved to go. you are a fighter through and through though, so i know you are looking down on us all with that big grin of yours. your whole life has been one long fight and you deserve your rest. you are sure one mix of a woman. you can fight like hell and cook up a storm in the kitchen. i am honored to have called you “friend”. rest in peace girlie…you went down fighting.

  15. Brandon says:

    This is aweful. To the family I am deeply sorry for your loss. Yall are in my thoughts and prayers

  16. Eric Parker says:

    My wife, my daughter, and I were all watching her fight ringside, and are completely shocked by the tragic, unexpected results. Adrienne was a well respected, great competitor. Our thoughts and prayer are for her, for her family, and for Lindsay as well.

  17. Al says:

    This is very tragic, I’m a pro MMA fighter and seeing this really breaks my heart. My condolescences go out to the family, it sucks that someone with so much passion for the sport has to go out like this. RIP.

  18. Camron Wiltshire says:

    Adrienne, I have only recently learned how much of a fight your life was and it makes your accomplishments in fighting even more Heroic.

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. You always cheered for the underdog, the downtrodden. You fought your heart out everyday of your life, you put yourself through so much just to get better.

    You are a consummate martial artist and fighter. I am honored to have known and trained with you.

    I know you are loved by so many in the fight community as you represent so beautifully why we all fight. Thank you for being so sweet and for all of the wonderful meals, humor, friendship and support you provided for us all time and time again.

    I am thinking of you and praying for you to be at peace finally.

    God Bless and R.I.P
    -Camron
    PS> To everyone reading please let your loved one’s know how much they mean to you tonight. Life is too short…

  19. ab says:

    best wishes for all the family and friends effected by this terrible event.

  20. Ulli says:

    R.I.P Sweet Lady ,God Speed !

    The coach of Adrienne’s opponent posted this on his page:

    Eric Haycraft
    Lindsay and I had wanted to wait for more official announcements about the tragic turn of events this weekend at the IKF Kickboxing tournament in Orlando. It seems that …several websites are already mentioning the event and of course facebo…ok has exploded with rumors and comments. We have known Adrienne for a number of years. I have many ties with the entire Atlanta fight scene and the ladies had been following each other both at fights and online.

    There were five girls in the Open division of the 130-140 Muay Thai. Lindsay had to fight three times over the weekend and Adrienne fought twice to meet each other on Sunday in the finals. Adrienne had a very tough fight on Saturday to get her to her finals match.

    The bout itself seemed normal enough on all fronts. Lindsay, the more experienced of the two, took control of the bout scoring an eight count on the very first jab thrown. Several seconds later a standing eight count was given and the round drew to a close. Round two continued with more of the same, however Adrienne never stopped trying and never gave up. No eight counts this round. The third round opened up and Lindsay landed a three punch combo that ended the bout. The ref waived the bout off immediately and the doctors who were already sitting ringside watching the bout were in the ring right away.

    It really just seemed like a normal bout. It was a heavy shot but everyone involved from the ref to the doctors and officials and myself had no reason to believe there was anything abnormal except a fighter getting their bell rung like we all have had at some point in our careers.

    Adrienne came to, we were right there as she sat up and spoke. Confirming our thoughts that this was to be no different than any other bout ending blow. Adrienne was taken to the back and attended to by the medical staff and we took care of the stuff we had to after the bout such as photos and such.

    We shortly after were told along with everyone that Adrienne had been airlifted out.

    The events that unfold from here are very sad and in my twenty years of kickboxing I am ill prepared to explain or even handle well. We have had opportunities to speak with the ref, the doctors all the ringside officials and the burden and second guessing after the case is huge. Our sadness and inability to properly process all these events leaves us with no words.

    My only hope is that Chike has the same support network in his community that we have here in ours and that he will have it in his heart to let us be a part of his extended support network. This is a life changing event for all involved but obviously most of all for Chike and Adrienne.

    We love this sport with all our hearts. It is a game with risks and while we all know this, these risks seem so far removed. Let me make this clear…no one could have seen this coming. The ref, the doctors, us, her corner. No one. It is a horrible accident that happened at a sporting event.

    We do not have all the latest news from Florida and until it is officially announced by Adrienne’s people please please be respectful of the things that are posted. It is a very sad day. We love you Adrienne.

    With Heavy Hearts,

    Eric and Lindsay

  21. RIP says:

    Very sad, condolences.

  22. Lane Collyer says:

    RIP Adrienne. You will be missed!

  23. Jeremy Wallace says:

    You will be missed dearly my friend, I know you and Walker will do some play fighting up there because you both loved the sport so much. There was a lot of love built at that knuckle up on 14th street that we’ve all kept with us and it will remain in us all until the last one of us are at the top with you two. God bless

  24. n0b0dy says:

    As much as I had hoped my wife’s information was wrong, I dreaded the worst was reality. Truly, my condolences to Adrienne, her family, and all her friends and supporters.

    I’d also like to extend a similar thought to Adrienne’s opponent. Even though it was not her fault, I can’t possibly imagine what she is having to go through right now. No fighter wants a bout to end like this. All the best to her, as well.

  25. daisy says:

    there are no words that can bring comfort at a time like this… but my thoughts and prayers are with adrienne, her family, friends and loved ones.

  26. Miguel Guzman says:

    Truly tragic, RIP Adrienne my fellow warrior. My condolences to her entire family and friends.

  27. Simone says:

    My condolences goes out to the family and freinds of Adrienne as well as my prayers

  28. Ethan Watts says:

    R.I.P – God Bless her family and teammates.

  29. Allen says:

    R.I.P. Very sad to hear.

  30. R.I.P Adrienne. May peace be with your family and all who knew you. I wish I had the honor. Love.

  31. X3 Sports says:

    Our prayers and condolences goes out to Adrienne’s family and friends. God bless and rest in peace.

    X3 Sports Family

  32. Mark says:

    Your family is in my prayers.

  33. Natalie says:

    This is such sad news. I was blessed to meet and train with Adrienne this past year at ATT. She truly was a beautiful person inside and out & a great example of what a fighter should be. I learned alot from her in the short time I knew her. Adrienne, you will be missed! Condolences to all the had the pleasure of knowing her.

  34. Kenney says:

    This news just breaks my heart. My sympathy is with all of her friends and family.

  35. Marcus says:

    I am shocked! My prayers go out to her family.

  36. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

    mb

  37. chantal ughi says:

    this news just breaks my heart.
    I met Adrienne at a tournament in Virginia a couple of years ago and spoke to her a few times after on Facebook.
    She was a brave woman and a warrior.
    It is a tragedy that should not happen in the Muay thai sport.
    My condolescences to her family and friends.

  38. Leslie says:

    My heart goes out to the family. You are in my prayers.
    Light and LOVE.
    LA

  39. Rob says:

    I just heard about this. My condolences to the family of Adrienne Simmon.

  40. Li says:

    I workout at knuckle up in sandy springs, Its so sad to hear something like this happen to such a wonderful person. I’ll be praying for her family too in this great time of loss.

    Li Ocean

  41. julie kitchen says:

    my thoughts are with family & friends, such sad news, love to you all x

  42. Alex V. says:

    Tragic. She sounds like she was a real warrior. Sorry for her family and friends loss…

  43. lars sund says:

    This is truly tragic to hear about. My thoughts and condolences goes of course to Adrienne Simmon’s family, friends and training partners.
    Sincerest condolences from Lars Sund, Norway.

  44. Telos says:

    My heart goes out to everyone involved, I know what the internet may have to say can be little comfort but I hope it helps to know a great many people have you in their thoughts.

  45. Patrick says:

    R.I.P. to Adrienne. I pray that the family will continue to be strong and keep her memory alive.

  46. Jay says:

    Adrienne – I will miss you terribly. I never took the opportunity to tell you how much admiration I had for you….how strong I thought you were, how much heart I thought you had, how big your heart truly was….oh, and how well you cooked:)…There were many times when I channeled my “inner – Ade” in an attempt to make something in the kitchen that never came out quite right….remember when I thought you put capers in the potato salad?…only to find out that what I thought were capers were really pimentos, which was why my potato salad attempt was absolutely disgusting:)

    I love you, Beautiful Chick.

    Jay

  47. David Crane says:

    Chike is right paramedics should have been on site when the injury occurred.

    Fighters put themselves in danger to test their physical capabilities so these organizations can make money the very least they can provide is medical services for the worst case scenario after a fight.

    Something definitely needs to be done to lessen the serious/permanent risk factor of all combat sports simple things can be done such as having paramedics professional on site to supplying proper physicals exams for competitors, These safety measures are all essential to the future of combat sports.

  48. Creed Perry says:

    I had the great pleasure of knowing Adrienne at Unit2 Fitness in Atlanta. She was a wonderful person and we miss her already. It is unbelievably sad that someone who provided such positivity and happiness was taken from this world. You leave a void in our hearts and lives, Adrienne.

  49. fliptout says:

    Very tragic, I am sorry for your loss….

  50. Doug Miller says:

    This is terrible and my condolences to her family and loved ones. It is unfortunate because we will never really know what really caused her life to end so soon. She did not get proper medicals before the event, because they were not required. No ambulance on site? There needs to be a dramatic change in the way these small events are handled. I can only imagine the pain her opponent also feels. Just so sad.

  51. Camron Wiltshire says:

    Lindsay we love you too.
    You did nothing wrong and you honor Adrienne with your heartfelt gratitude towards her and are a mirror of her fighting spirit.

    We will all pass someday. We won’t all live to our highest potential. Adrienne died living her life on purpose and with Warrior heart and dedication.

    You are all in my prayers.

    Please know that no one sees this as your fault. I lived with Adrienne for almost one year and I know from our conversations that she took responsibility for the risks of being a martial artist and fighter.

    Chike I’m so sorry.

    God Bless You All.

    -Camron

  52. Kimberly Sargent says:

    My heart felt prayers and thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult time….you will remain in my prayers.

  53. Marino Soric says:

    Condolences to her family and friends
    The ambulance not being at the event is just unbeliavable

  54. Sarah says:

    Lindsay, you did nothing wrong. There are inherent risks involved in every contact sport. What this tragedy needs to do is invoke change. Unfortunately as history has proven time and time again that tragedy is what induces the most needed change. Any contact sport where there is increased likelihood of physical trauma to the head NEEDS to have an ambulance and EMTs available on the scene!!

  55. Louise Orton says:

    I am a kickboxer myself and a true kickboxer is aware of the risks that are involved with fighting long before they step into the ring. No one is at fault here and no one is to blame, it was a tragic accident. I also attended the 2008 IKF championships in Florida so I know how amazing it is to be there, you should both be proud that you had the chance to experience it. I am sure that Adrienne would want you to continue fighting as it is every fighters passion to succeed. My thoughts are with everyone affected by this. RIP.

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