ByErik Fontanez, writer at Creators.co
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Erik Fontanez

The MMA community has lost a member of its family.

Jordan Parsons, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend, has passed away, according to a statement from Bellator President Scott Coker. He was 25.

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons," Coker wrote in a statement obtained by Champions.co. "Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man. Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates."

Parsons was scheduled to face Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 154 on May 14 in San Jose, Calif., but he was struck by an unidentified driver when crossing a street in Delray Beach, Fla. He was transferred to a local hospital and had his right leg amputated, according to various reports.

The Delray Beach Police Department recently announced that they're looking for a 2012 to 2013 Range Rover that left debris at the scene of the incident. The department asks anyone with information to contact Officer Dan Cramer at (561) 243-7800 or report anonymous tips to Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477), online at www.crimestopperspbc.com or by texting [email protected] Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

A GoFundMe page has been set up on behalf of Parsons, which can be found by clicking here.

Photo by Amy Kaplan.