TUF 10 contestant Zak Jenson has been named in a wrongful death suit. Jensen was apparently involved in an altercation with a 20-year-old man named John Gunderson while serving as a bodyguard for a young girl on a spring break trip in Mexico last March. Gunderson passed away as a result of the incident. Jensen claimed that he had acted in self-defense.
A statement included with the court documents offers the first accounts of what happened prior to Gunderson’s death.
Concierge Ma de Lourdes Becerra Perez said she got involved when she heard a woman talking loudly on the phone, saying “There is nothing I can do, he is not breathing.” She then saw Jensen run down the stairs in a bloody white shirt.
Ashley Jones was trying to close her suitcase and talking on her cell phone when Perez arrived in the room. She said, “I’m going to the airport now,” and Jensen added that “Her parents are trying to get a flight to go back home,” Perez said.
When Perez asked what happened, Jensen told her he woke up to Jones’ screaming, “Get off of me.” He said he got up and saw Josh on top of her and attacking her. Jensen told Perez he took Gunderson away from her but had to defend himself when Gunderson turned on him.
Gunderson walked toward the bathroom and Jensen went to console Jones, Perez recalled Jensen saying. They then heard a “strong noise” in the bathroom. Jensen walked into the bathroom and found Gunderson.
Perez said his head was on the edge of the shower and his right leg was elevated and in the toilet when she saw him.
Jensen began crying and saying the he just defended himself, Perez recalled. He then said that he tried to give him mouth to mouth and CPR.
Perez said she had to tell the bell boy to stop Jones when she saw her walking fast toward the lobby. She later disappeared after she allegedly told a security employee that she had to make a phone call.
Jensen remained in the room “pulling his hair and crying,” said Perez, who recalled him saying, “He shouldn’t be with her … He was liking her but she didn’t.”
The Mexican authorities who investigated the death concluded that Gunderson had slipped and hit his head, however the post mortem examination revealed that Gunderson’s blood alcohol level was .12 percent and he choked on his own vomit.
“If the statement from the concierge is true, it is likely Joshua experienced an altered level of consciousness due to the struggle, which led him to vomit and aspirate, and subsequently walk into the bathroom and collapse,” Forensic Pathologist Janis C. Amatuzio wrote in a letter summarizing her findings.
It was determined in an independent autopsy commissioned by the family in March that the death was accidental, however Gunderson’s family later received the investigative documents from Mexico which apparently suggest otherwise.
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