ONE Championship Atomweight star Victoria Lee has died at the age of 18.
Her sister Angela Lee, the ONE Atomweight MMA Champion, confirmed her sister's death on Saturday after it was formally revealed by the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and Funeral Homes in Kaneohe on Friday. She passed away on December 26 in Hawaii.
The cause of Lee's passing is unknown. On January 22, there will be a memorial service before her burial.
“On December 26, 2022 our family experienced something no family should ever have to go through. It is incredibly difficult to say this … Our Victoria passed away. She has gone too soon and our family has been completely devastated since then. We miss her. More than anything in this world. Our family will never be the same. Life will never be the same,” Angela Lee wrote on her Instagram page.
At ONE on Prime Video 6 on January 14 in Bangkok, India's Zeba Bano was supposed to be Victoria Lee's opponent.
The "Prodigy" dethroned Thailand's Sunisa Srisen via rear-naked choke submission in just over a minute in February 2021. She is also the younger sister of ONE lightweight and welterweight MMA champion Christian Lee.
“Victoria was the most beautiful soul who ever lived. She was the best little sister in the world. The best daughter, the best granddaughter and the best auntie. We miss you so much, sis. More than you could ever realise. We’re all broken. Because a piece of you was in each of us and when you left, those pieces were ripped out of us.
We will never be the same. Each and every little thing makes me think of you, from the sun rays to the sunset. You taught us to see the beauty in the simple things. You were our bright light. Our sunshine. And that will never change. You were perfect in every way. The best person I knew—the most beautiful girl, inside and out.
We love you Victoria. I love you, Sprout. Until the end of time.
Please give our family grace and respect during this most difficult time. And please, check on your loved ones. Keep checking on them. Give them hugs and tell them how much they mean to you. You just never know,” Angele Lee added.