Bryan Levick, a long-time member of the mixed martial arts (MMA) media community, died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 42, Titan FC president Jeff Aronson said.
Levick, a New York native and South Carolina resident, did public-relations work for MMA promotions like Titan, Valor Fights and Shamrock FC and a number of fighters. He previously hosted shows for Alchemist Radio and BJ Penn Radio. Levick had been involved in mixed martial arts for a decade, Aronson said.
"He really, really was the kind of guy that asked for nothing from anyone, including the athletes," Aronson said. "Including UFC athletes. He automatically latched into these guys just for his love for the sport and wanting to see them succeed. And never took a penny from these kids. He did it because he loved what he did. You don't see many people like that."
Aronson said he had just spoken to Levick on Wednesday morning and the conversation was a normal one, about what was going on with Titan FC. Later Wednesday night, Aronson said Levick’s wife Tara called him with the terrible news. Levick, Aronson said, had a pulmonary embolism and didn’t make it.
Titan FC has set up a GoFundMe for Levick to help his family pay for funeral costs as well as immediate living expenses. Aronson, Levick’s longtime friend, said he was encouraged by the outpouring of support Thursday on social media.
"I never realized how many people Bryan touched, but he really did touch so many people," Aronson said. "He was the kind of guy who would call when it was your kids’ birthday. When anything was going on, I would get a text from him, ‘I’m here if you need anything.’ That was just the kind of guy he was.
"I believed I had a very special relationship with Bryan, and I did. But I realized today that Bryan had that kind of relationship with everyone."
Levick is survived by his wife Tara and his two children, Rylee, 16, and Braden, 12.
"He took such pride in every Titan event," Aronson said of Levick. "He would take such pride in the amount interviews that he scheduled for the fighters. He just never asked for a pat on the back, never asked for anything other than — he was so happy to be doing it and so happy to be involved. He just loved this sport with almost the passion of a little kid."