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The wife of MMA referee Neil Hall has confirmed that he has passed away at the age of 55 following a battle with Covid-19 pneumonia.
Neil picked up an infection in the surgery area following a back procedure in August – and tributes have started pouring in for the respected former official.
Hall officiated 40 UFC fights from 2013 until 2019, and messages have already been sent by both Marc Goddard and John Kavanagh of MMA fame.
His wife Kath wrote on Facebook on Wednesday: “Sadly, Neil Hall passed away today. He had a back operation in August and picked up an infection in the surgery area which wasn't found till late January.
“He went into hospital for intravenous antibiotics for a week then came home, unfortunately it was with COVID.
“He spent three weeks trying to fight Covid pneumonia but sadly he lost his fight today.
“Over the years, Neil has met many people from all over the world and has had lots of fantastic experiences. Today we have to say goodbye to him.”
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Fellow ref Goddard wrote: "Absolutely devastating news tonight that Neil Hall very sadly passed away.
"Anyone who’s anyone in UKMMA will have known Neil. A tough as nails gritty northerner who wore his heart on his sleeve & was just a bloody good bloke.
"A friend & colleague of 20 years. God bless you. RIP."
With Kavanagh writing: "In shock to hear that referee Neil Hall passed away earlier today.
"An honourable referee with an eye for detail. Spent many a Saturday night post show discussing fights gone by with him. #RIP brother."
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