Jake Hescock who played tight end for UCF and Wisconsin died at age 25 after having a heart attack, according to multiple reports. The Orlando Sentinel says that Hescock had a heart attack on Sunday while he was jogging in Boston.
Before he was taken to the hospital and put on life support, someone on the street tried to give him CPR. According to posts from his family on social media, Hescock had severe brain trauma before he died.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to say my cousin Jake has passed on,” Lisa Walz Mlynarczyk, Hescock’s cousin, wrote on Facebook. “May he rest in peace and forever shine his bright soul upon us.”
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When word got out that he had died, his old teammates and coaches were quick to pay him tribute. “We’re heartbroken to hear of Jake’s passing,” UCF head coach Gus Malzahn wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
Another young, healthy athlete, UCF football player Jake Hescock, aged 25, ‘died suddenly’ while jogging. Sudden, cardiac arrest. NOT normal! pic.twitter.com/nxEiylXXzv
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) December 12, 2022
The football team at Wisconsin, where Hescock began his college career, also paid tribute to him on Twitter. “Saddened to learn of the passing of former Badger Jake Hescock. Taken from us too soon. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the post read.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 14, 2022
Hescock was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Before transferring to UCF, he sat out a year with the Badgers. He graduated at the end of the 2021 season, having caught 21 passes, six of which were touchdowns.
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