Sherdog has a good article up about Helio Gracie’s funeral, which was held roughly 10 hours after he died in what seems like an attempt to keep the affair from turning into a massive event. Instead, it ended up being around 70 relatives and close family friends. The whole thing happened so fast that four of his seven kids weren’t able to make it back in time for the ceremony.
GracieMag has also put together a growing article featuring the condolences from many important people in MMA, including Demian Maia and Big Nog.
And last but not least, here’s an open letter from Royce Gracie to Tatame Magazine about the passing of his father:
Many of you may think that the greatest thing my father ever gave me was Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. But I want all of you to know that I will remember him most for what he taught me off the matt. He taught me how to be a man, a husband and a father. He showed me how to be honorable, respectful and diligent. He taught me how to be a whole person.
I ask that together we celebrate the remarkable life of my father, Helio Gracie. The greatest tribute you can to pay to my father is to continue to train and share Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, remembering to never lose sight of the fact that what you do off the matt counts more than what you do on the mat. Face life’s challenges with confidence, dare to pursue your dreams and live to the fullest just as my father did.