The veteran flyweight competitor was hospitalized last week after suffering a brain aneurysm that led to seizures and a stroke. She died on Sept. 25.
Her trainer, J.T. Tilley, confirmed Collins's tragic passing with a touching message on Facebook.
"The fight is over. You never stopped fighting and we never gave up on you. Just wasn’t in the cards," Tilley wrote.
"I’ve always been so proud of you Kate. We did it. I was honored to be able to live your dream with you. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I will miss you more than the world will ever know."
Collins is survived by her two sons. News of her death has left the MMA community shocked and devastated.
RIP Katy Collins
— crippled crappler (@metal_heart1) September 25, 2019
Very, very sad. RIP Katy Collins 🙏🏻 https://t.co/GCwkY0sY2B
— Sicilian Speed (@SicilianSpeed) September 25, 2019
I never had a chance to meet Katy Collins, but I knew who she was. So sad to hear of her passing. Prayers for her family and loved ones, as they sort through the hard days ahead. Always breaks my heart when the #MMA/#WMMA family loses one of their own. 😔
— Liv Parker (@Liv_4_MMA) September 25, 2019
— HR Jimmy Baker (@Jimmy_Baker34) September 25, 2019
Rest In Peace to Katy Collins, One More Light taken💔
— David #MCMLondon (@MrJkDavid) September 25, 2019
Rest In Peace Katy Collins. @BellatorMMA veteran. Just 32 years old. 🙏
— Bellator Nation (@BellatorNation) September 25, 2019
I never knew Katy personally but the news of her passing saddens me extra as my mother readies for a similar fight. Aneurysms are serious/near-indiscriminate, so never take your health or loved ones for granted.
Katy Collins GoFundMe for medical expenses: https://t.co/uyTEDclPCg https://t.co/Z8y2sDBhsY
— Dan Tom (@DanTomMMA) September 25, 2019
Rest In Peace to my good friend Katy Collins https://t.co/PTtv0O1uDa
— Rashad Cypress (@IamShadLo) September 25, 2019
R.I.P. Katy Collins ... Gone too soon ... 😔 😔 😔 ... https://t.co/hhRsyNB6id
— Chinny G/Mean-Muggin (@gordiemacd) September 25, 2019
Our condolences to the Family and Friends of Bellator Veteran Katy Collins who has passed away at 32. The Featherweight’s death on Sept 25 followed complications from last week’s brain aneurysm that left her hospitalized in Branson, MO. Rest in Paradise 💔❤️ pic.twitter.com/x9OvxWel9U
— Boxing Meets Beauty (@bizzybee0929) September 25, 2019
Nicknamed "Red Dragon," Collins is best known for her stint in Bellator, where she held a 2-1 fighting record.
She last competed in the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) in June 2018.
n set up to cover funeral and medical expenses for Collins, who had a 7-5 career record in the cage.
"Katy Collins fought as hard as she could. On September 25th, Katy peacefully left this Earth," the message on GoFundMe reads.
"She leaves behind so many loved ones, family and friends who care so much for her. Katy leaves behind two young sons, who will struggle to understand this, like many of us.”
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