Cathedral City police Thursday were investigating the assault of a beloved local Jiu-Jitsu instructor, who died in a hospital after he was found suffering from traumatic injuries.
Officers were dispatched at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday to the 31300 block of Whispering Palms Trail, where the 46-year-old man was found “suffering from trauma to the body,” according to Cathedral City Police Department officials.
The man was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Authorities have not released his name, but family and friends have identified him as Ramon Diaz, an instructor at Palm Springs Jiu Jitsu. Condolences poured out Thursday from the local martial arts community.
Coachella Valley Judo & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Palm Desert released a statement online Thursday morning, which read “We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Palm Springs Jiu Jitsu’s Professor Ramon. We send our deepest condolences … RIP Ramon.”
UFC fighter and Palm Springs native Cub Swanson tweeted “RIP to the Amazing Man who introduced me to BJJ and MMA. Ramon Diaz was my first instructor & I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Cathedral City police did not have a suspect description available Thursday, but anyone with information was asked to contact Det. Barkley or Sgt. Sanchez at (760) 770-0300.