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Andy Hug, the famous
kickboxer, died today at a Tokyo hospital at 6:21 PM JST (5:21 AM EST)
from acute myeloid leukemia & bone marrow disease.
He was only 35 years old.
At the beginning of August, Hug had been complaining to doctors
about attacks of hot fevers in his hospital. In fact, there were over 39
incidents in which Hug was suffering hot fever attacks. Hug
immediately rushed home to Switzerland on 8/15 and Hug's personal
physician found a swelling tumor on the left side of Hug's neck. When
the tumor was found, Hug's personal physician immediately declared the
tumor to be malignant and a result from leukemia. Hug was rushed to a
Tokyo hospital on 8/19 after suffering more feverish heat attacks.
Chemotherapy was immediate started by doctors on Hug. However, one
of the big warning messages that doctors had told Hug was that since he
was suffering from heart and/or circulation problems that the chemotherapy had a
very high chance of backfiring and destroying Hug's body for good. After
starting chemotherapy, Hug suffered hemorrhaging of the brain and
inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia), combined with an extremely high fever.
Yesterday, Hug (age 35) fell into a deep state of unconsciousness (a
coma), and was immediately placed on a life support machine. After one day of
life support, he died in a Tokyo hospital. He showed the classic physical
symptoms of leukemia to his friends, his family, and his doctors.
Hug, who had a "Swiss retirement" fight on June 3rd in
Switzerland, had planned on having a retirement match in Japan in the near
future. Hug's appearance for K-1's 10/9 Fukuoka Marine Messe
show has been immediately cancelled.
Hug was the current the
World Muay-Thai Super Heavyweight Champion.
He was born in 1964 in Switzerland, was nicknamed "Iron Man"
after his dominating performances as a kickboxer. He made his pro-debut for
in 1992, and participated in several Grand Prix shows, including a big match
against Mike Bernardo (South Africa) in the 1996 GP tournament.