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Notre Dame student's death a tragedy

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 10:04 AM

As a Notre Dame football fan and a former student manager, news of the death of Declan Sullivan deeply saddened me.

Sullivan, a student worker for Notre Dame's football video department, died Wednesday after a tower from which he was filming football practice fell over in extremely windy conditions. Reports from the National Weather Service reported winds in the South Bend area were gusting up to 51 mph at the time.

A report from The Huffington Post reported that Sullivan Tweeted less than an hour before his death. In the first message, he wrote, "Gust of wind up to 60 mph well today will be fun at work ... I guess I've lived long enough :-/." The second message read, "Holy (expletive) holy (expletive) this is terrifying."

According to The Associated Press, Sullivan was transported from a practice complex to a South Bend hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan's family and friends," coach Brian Kelly said in a release. "Declan was a diligent student worker in our video department and had a tremendous personality and great sense of humor. He brightened the days for all that had the privilege to work with him, and the Notre Dame football family will dearly miss him."

This tragic accident truly saddened me. It brought back memories of the three years I spent in high school as a student manager for Coach Beth Wernz and the Shakamak Lady Lakers basketball program.

I'm in no way pointing fingers or blaming anyone for this accident, I just know that under no circumstances would I have been put in a dangerous situation. Did I have to do things I didn't thoroughly enjoy? Absolutely. Was I ever asked to do something dangerous? Never.

I am and have always been a huge sports fan, but they often have so much importance put upon them. This is one of those situations where you sit back and think about what's really important.

My prayers are with the Sullivan's family and his Notre Dame family during this difficult time.



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