Former UFC fighter Sam Stout has revealed his one-month-old daughter Sydney died in her sleep earlier this week.
The Canadian fighter, 36, took to social media to break the devastating news.
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“Most of you already know that we lost Sydney Love Stout in her sleep the night before last,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of him cradling his baby.
“We tried to save her, but it was too late.
“The last month with her was the best month of my life, and this is now the worst time of my life.
"It still doesn’t feel real.
“(Wife) Jessie and I haven’t let go of each other since yesterday and we will continue to hold on to one other for the rest of our lives.
"We will be eternally scarred from this. We appreciate all the love we have already received from the people around us.
"We Love you Sydney bean.”
Stout had previously paid a touching tribute to wife Jessie on Mother’s Day.
“Watching you take to motherhood so naturally has been inspiring,” he wrote two weeks ago.
“I’m so excited to enter into this new phase of our lives together. I love you.”
Donations pour in for Stout family
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the grieving couple.
“As you all may now have heard, Sam and Jessie Stout recently suffered the loss of their beautiful one month old daughter, Sydney Love Stout, this past week,” the page description says.
“During this unimaginable time there are going to be unforeseen costs for the Stouts.
“A few of us felt setting up a GoFundMe would be appropriate so those who want to donate in Sydney’s memory to help Sam, Jessie and their 6 year old daughter Logan, with day-to-day costs, counselling, bills associated, etc, can do so.
“Please continue to send all thoughts, love, healing vibes, and prayers to Sam, Jessie, Logan, and their family, as they work through the most difficult time of their lives.
“Thank you all.”
The GoFundMe page had garnered over $30,000 in donations at the time of writing, surpassing the initial target of $5000.
Stout fought 20 times in the UFC before retiring in 2015.
He holds a 20-12-1 record in mixed martial arts, as well as a 16-4 mark in kickboxing.