While the kickboxing world is gearing up for a mega-fight between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven in December, things have taken a more somber tone over the past few days with officials in the Netherlands discovering the body of what is presumably Marc de Bonte. Police are working on an autopsy and final identification on the body that was discovered before giving the final confirmation, but his friends and family have accepted that the body was his. Already, Marc de Bonte's personal website bears messages about his passing, his parents have confirmed that the body was his, and while we are waiting for that final confirmation, most have accepted the news and have begun grieving the loss of the 26-year-old former world champion.
These are just some of the public reactions from the kickboxing world over the past few days.
My condolences to the family and friends of Marc De Bonte. Tragic news today #RIP— Joseph Valtellini (@BazookaJoeV) November 24, 2016
Marc de bonte's body found in the river where police found Mark's car, Our condolence to his family and relatives. R.I.P pic.twitter.com/YLJwwsAHYG— Kunlun Fight (@kunlun_fight) November 25, 2016
RIP— #TheKing (@Izi_Garcia) November 26, 2016
Former GLORY Kickboxing welterweight champion Marc de Bonte's body was found in a river. Crazy stuff. pic.twitter.com/W1Bb9aydzJ
R.I.P Champ Marc de Bonte you will be missed ?. Sad to hear this.. pic.twitter.com/VCu8hbmMGR— Simon The ONE Marcus (@SimonMarcusNo1) November 25, 2016
RIP Marc de Bonte. Former GLORY welterweight champion. Only 26 years old. https://t.co/gPRpNERlYd— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) November 25, 2016
Deepest condolences and respect to the family and friends of Glory fighter and Champion Marc de Bonte.— Scott Rudmann (@ScottWRudmann) November 24, 2016
RIP champ Marc Debonte.— Zack Mwekassa (@ZackMwekassa) November 24, 2016
Life is nothing.
We'll have more on Marc de Bonte as it becomes public. For now, keep his friends and family in your thoughts during this rough time.