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University of Minnesota Duluth football player Reed Ryan, 22, passes away following cardiac arrest during workout



Young athlete’s death attributed to undetected genetic heart condition

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Reed Ryan, a 22-year-old football player for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, tragically passed away on November 28, 2023, after collapsing during a team workout. The cause of death was identified as cardiac arrest, resulting from an undetected genetic heart condition. Ryan’s family, mourning the loss of the young athlete, highlighted his love for the sport and noted that he was “doing what he loved” at the time of the incident.

The University of Minnesota Duluth Athletics community, deeply affected by Reed’s passing, paid tribute to the footballer, praising his positive attitude, infectious smile, and genuine care for those around him. UMD head football coach Curt Wiese shared his devastation over the loss and described Reed as the epitome of a UMD Bulldog, emphasizing that his legacy would endure.

Reed Ryan’s family expressed gratitude for the support from the athletic training team, hospital staff, teammates, and the UMD coaching staff. They acknowledged Reed’s passion for life, citing his contagious smile, love for people, and diverse interests, including running an online vintage store, Thrifted Tiger, traveling, collecting shoes, drawing, attending concerts, and cooking.

In a generous gesture even in death, Reed Ryan’s family shared that he had donated several organs to help others, and his participation in an NCAA research study aimed to prevent similar incidents in athletes.

A funeral service for Reed Ryan is scheduled for December 2, 2023, in Middleton. The family has requested memorials for a scholarship in Reed’s honor, directed to Stephanie Ryan. As the community mourns the loss of this promising young athlete, the incident underscores the importance of ongoing health screenings and awareness in the sports community.


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