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Ryan Gracie, Member of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's First Family, Dies at 33

Ryan Gracie, a mixed martial arts fighter and member of the famous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu family, was found dead today in a Sao Paulo prison cell, a day after he was jailed on a theft charge. This news clip about Gracie's death isn't in English, but it's still an informative look at the reaction in Brazil:

The 33-year-old Gracie was arrested Friday afternoon. Police said he stole a car, threatened its owner with a kitchen knife, crashed the car into a concrete wall and tried to steal a motorcycle. He was imprisoned last night, and this morning he was found dead of what Brazilian authorities are calling a heart attack.

Gracie's death is currently the lead story at the web site of Folha, Latin America's largest newspaper.