18-Year-Old Athlete Dies Unexpectedly in His Sleep – Over 500 People Step Up in Big Way

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An 18-year-old Canadian athlete who came to an American college to follow his dream of playing baseball died at the age of 18.

Theo Gibbs, died in his sleep on Dec. 20 while he was at his family’s home in Regina, Saskatchewan, according to the Western Standard.

Gibbs played with the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League’s Regina White Sox, the Martin Sports Academy and the Regina Red Sox Academy before making the leap to Lassen Community College in Susanville, California.

Martin Sports Academy learning leader Rob Cherepuschak said Gibbs was an outstanding athlete and individual, according to the Regina Leader-Post.

“It’s a great story of a young man who had aspired to extend his athletic and education career and he achieved that. We’re certainly proud that he was able to experience some of that,” he said.

“In the dugout, I referred to him as a ‘top-step guy,’” Cherepuschak said. “He would meet students or teammates at the top step, whether it was to celebrate success or help them through a hardship. His ability to make those around him better and to create a great team in a large group environment was what made him so special.”

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