This morning we reported that Brazilian pro surfer Ricardo dos Santos was fighting for his life after being shot outside his home in Guarda do Embaú, near Florianópolis, in Southern Brazil on Monday. Reports suggested he was involved in an altercation with a group of men who turned a gun on him and shot him three times in the abdomen. He was taken by helicopter to Hospital de São José near Florianópolis where the 24-year-old was put into a medically induced coma after major surgery to his lungs and chest and heavy blood loss.
UPDATE: After a fourth surgery, Ricardo suffered cardiac arrest and died early on Tuesday afternoon, reports Globo. His family and the surfing community – who had shown so much support after the tragic incident – are shocked by his death.
Before Ricardo was pronounced dead, big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira and surfing world champion Gabriel Medina had shown their support on Instagram and called for donations of blood for their friend, who won the 2012 Billabong Pro Tahiti trials.
There are two conflicting versions of events leading up to Ricardo’s shooting. Some witnesses have said that the surfer confronted a group of people taking drugs and listening to music near his home, while others have said he was working on his house when a car parked on top of a pipe running to the home. In both versions, Ricardo was shot three times in the abdomen before the assailants fled by car. Military Police are currently holding two suspects, off-duty policeman Luiz Paulo Mota Brentano, 25, and his brother, aged 17.