A former tight end for the University of Central Florida football team died Sunday according to a family announcement.
Jake Hescock, 25, suffered cardiac arrest while jogging in Boston, Mass., according to an Orlando Sentinel report. A passerby reportedly provided CPR until emergency service workers arrived and transported Hescock to a hospital where he was placed on life support.
The Western Journal further reported:
“My cousin, Jake, went on a jog Tuesday, 12/6 and collapsed. He was given CPR and has been on life support ever since. We were told last night that the damage to his brain from the lack of oxygen is severe,” Lisa Walz Mlynarczyk wrote on the Facebook page Jake Hescock #88 UCF Football Fans.
She updated that after he passed away Sunday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to say my cousin Jake has passed on, may he Rest in Peace and forever shine his bright soul down upon us, I’m sure Papa was there waiting for you with open arms….. forever you will be, Lil Jakers!” she wrote.
According to a post by Carey Hescock on Facebook, Jake Hescock had been on a ventilator.
“Thank you for all of your continued support and prayers. All of them are so appreciated. We hear them and see them. We are so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love we have seen,” she wrote.
University of Central Florida Head Coach Gus Malzahn honored Hescock on Twitter.
“We’re heartbroken to hear of Jake’s passing. He was an incredible person, who embodied what it means to be a UCF Knight. Everyone who knew Jake loved him and he was a blessing to coach. He will be greatly missed. Kristi and I’s prayers are with his whole family,” he wrote.
Several of Hescock’s teammates also shared their feelings of loss.
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