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Stanford Volleyball Player Samantha "Sam" Wopat Dies at 19

Her cause of death has not been disclosed.

The Stanford University athletics community is mourning the loss of a sophomore player on the women's volleyball team who died at Stanford  Hospital on Sunday.

Samantha "Sam" Wopat, 19, had been in intensive care since she suffered an undisclosed medical emergency at her Stanford home on March 17,  university officials said.

Wopat, a former junior Olympian and member of the 2010 U.S. Women's Junior National Team, joined the Stanford women's volleyball team in  2010 along with her twin sister, Carly.

Athletics director Bob Bowlsby said in a statement that university  administrators, coaches and students are mourning Wopat's death.

"She was an integral member of the Stanford Athletics family and a  tremendous student and athlete," Bowlsby said.

"Stanford University and the Women's Volleyball program have lost  a wonderful young woman," he said.

Plans for memorial services have not yet been announced.

- Bay City News

Steve Hayes March 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Based on what I have read this young woman took her own life. I do not understand why we as a society place an added burden on relatives and friends when this sort of thing happens - making them feel they have to keep the information hidden. It is important to remember what she was like and what she accomplished during her life, not on how she passed away. The people who tried to save her should be honored. Hopefully some young people might be saved if they were to reflect on the life of this young woman and consider all of the options she might have taken. Death is horrible but it is also part of life.

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