Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master, Helio Gracie, was pronounced dead on the morning of January 29, 2009. According to Gracie family members, the cause of death appeared to be of natural causes.
Helio's last words:
The legend will be remembered for being the "creator" of Gracie
Jiu-Jitsu (also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), one of the most
important martial arts used in MMA competition. This ground game strategy has proven to be one of the most effective forms of one-on-one fighting.
Helio's sons Royler Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Relson Gracie and UFC founder Rorion Gracie have shown the world the brilliance behind Gracie Jiu-Jitsu when it comes to mixed martial arts. The takedowns, the submissions and the defensive tactics on the ground has given one-on-one fighting a totally different perspective. Not only is one's stand-up game fundamental in fight tournaments, but one's ground game is just as important as well. These MMA legends have helped spread the martial art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in various fight organizations. Helio's teachings will remain and shall be passed on forever.
Snip from graciemag.com:
95 years of age, the great icon and one of those most responsible for
Jiu-Jitsu’s success in Brazil and the world died this morning, at
Beneficencia Portuguesa Hospital, in Petropolis, mountain region of Rio
The Master will be buried this Thursday afternoon, at 5 pm, at the Chapel of the Petropolis municipal cemetery.
Helio Gracie’s last public appearance occurred in December of last
year, during a belt-promotion ceremony held by Gracie Humaita at the
Guanabara Yacht Club.
In October, Helio Gracie celebrated his 95th birthday at the Gracie Humaita academy, in Rio de Janeiro. n
one of his most famous interviews, published in the special 100th issue
of GRACIEMAG, the professor had declared: “I’ve already told my sons
that when I die I want there to be a party. No drinking, no debauchery.”