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Lauren Bernett
The JMU softball Twitter account has posted some very sad news. Apparently Lauren Bernett, JMU softball player has died.

https://twitter.com/JMUSoftball/status/1..._gefw&s=19

JMU article: https://jmusports.com/news/2022/4/26/jmu...rnett.aspx
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04-26-2022 08:52 AM
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OMFG that is horrible and devastating for her family and the team. Anyone have any idea what happened?

RIP peace Lauren, we all have your family in our thoughts during this difficult time.


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04-26-2022 09:02 AM
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This is stunning and devastating news. My heart goes out to her family and her team. I had the chance to chat with her parents a couple of weeks ago.....they are sweet people and so proud of their daughter.

If you are related to or know a Duke, please reach out to them today. I am local and if I can contact any of your Dukes, please feel free to let me know.....I am a good hugger and would be proud to check on them.

Love to Lauren......
04-26-2022 09:06 AM
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Awful. Be kind to each other. Can't imagine the pain her family and the team are going through. Thinking of them today.
04-26-2022 09:08 AM
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Gone too soon. Wonder what happened?

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She was my favorite player on the team and I saw her as the star of this program for years to come.
How incredibly sad to hear of her passing.
Make every day and moment count. Don't wait until tomorrow.
04-26-2022 09:20 AM
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(04-26-2022 09:16 AM)hburg Wrote:  Gone too soon. Wonder what happened?

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There's some indications of what happened from Tweets from Odicci and others but until its confirmed it probably isn't best for us to speculate here.
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Yeah won't speculate, but my initial intuition might be proven the case. Sad....

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damn, she was just named conference player of the week 22 hours ago.
04-26-2022 09:31 AM
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(04-26-2022 09:31 AM)JMUrcc06 Wrote:  damn, she was just named conference player of the week 22 hours ago.

Saw the thread with her name and expected it to be about this. Unbelievable, so sad.
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Absolutely terrible news. Condolences to her family and friends.
04-26-2022 10:12 AM
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Beyond devastating. How incredibly heart sick I am for her family and friends. She was a tremendous athlete, but an even better teammate and person.
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Not sure how reliable this source is. But this news site says it was a heart attack.
https://breakingnews.weshsalfa.com/2022/...nett-dies/

Others that are not news related make it sound like something else.

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That source looks so suspect. Wouldv raise some eyebrows if a 20 year old died of a heart attack
04-26-2022 12:55 PM
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(04-26-2022 12:55 PM)Centdukesfan Wrote:  That source looks so suspect. Wouldv raise some eyebrows if a 20 year old died of a heart attack

This is deeply sad, regardless the cause. She was a high performer on and off the field.

Athletes do push their bodies, and it is not unheard of for minor heart defects or other factors to cause a heart attack in a young athlete.
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(04-26-2022 12:55 PM)Centdukesfan Wrote:  That source looks so suspect. Wouldv raise some eyebrows if a 20 year old died of a heart attack

Yeah I wouldn't trust that. There's been some assh*les trying to ask questions like "was she double vaccinated?" which is likely what that kind of site is trying to take advantage of.
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(04-26-2022 12:59 PM)JMURocks Wrote:  
(04-26-2022 12:55 PM)Centdukesfan Wrote:  That source looks so suspect. Wouldv raise some eyebrows if a 20 year old died of a heart attack

This is deeply sad, regardless the cause. She was a high performer on and off the field.

Athletes do push their bodies, and it is not unheard of for minor heart defects or other factors to cause a heart attack in a young athlete.
I was a bit skeptical of this mostly because softball isn't exactly the most intense sport and learned that it's happened several times before, there was even a player on Fordham who suffered one during a game. They found a rare heart condition.
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Devastating.

I had a former teammate who ran cross country and track at Davidson. Very good runner. He died in his sleep of an undiagnosed heart condition after he graduated. Despite the intense exertion required to be a Division I runner, the condition never affected him until his career was over.

Also seeing tweets, which aren't being shot down, that she took her own life. If so, she's the third collegiate athlete in the last few days to do so.

In any case, my prayers are with her family, friends and teammates. My own brother died in an accident at 21.

I got nothing else. Too friggin soon.
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Yeah that's not what it's sounded like from teammates, former teammates, and other JMU athletes but hard to tell if they know or if they're just speculating. That site does seem really sketchy but like others have said, certainly wouldn't be unheard of. Even just people I know personally, I have multiple close friends who seem perfectly healthy and are very active and athletic but have dealt with heart conditions their entire lives.

Regardless, no cause makes a loss like this any less difficult and tragic. She and all of these athletes touch so many lives.
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(04-26-2022 01:48 PM)KickItToScotty Wrote:  Yeah that's not what it's sounded like from teammates, former teammates, and other JMU athletes but hard to tell if they know or if they're just speculating. That site does seem really sketchy but like others have said, certainly wouldn't be unheard of. Even just people I know personally, I have multiple close friends who seem perfectly healthy and are very active and athletic but have dealt with heart conditions their entire lives.

Regardless, no cause makes a loss like this any less difficult and tragic. She and all of these athletes touch so many lives.

Yeah. It's human nature to speculate, to wonder how in God's name this is possibly fair or just or right. Or how any of the stuff going on in the world is fair or just or right.

I wonder if the standards these kids are held to is too high.

Last night, my son was telling he was nervous about an upcoming AP exam. He was afraid of failing, wasting the test fee and letting people down. I told him I'd never feel let down or be angry or disappointed if he tried his best and failed. I said, "What's the worst that can happen? We're out a little money--and we blow money on all kinds of stupid stuff--and you've gotten a little better prepared and experienced at test-taking. We'll all still love you and the world won't end."

He replied by simply saying that he didn't want to fail. I run a business and told him that if I failed, people didn't get a paycheck and couldn't pay their bills. If he fails, the sun will still rise. Not that his feelings aren't valid, but in the big picture, it's a small thing. But you only learn that by living life. Experience has to be experienced!

These kids are put through a wringer in high school to get every club, honor society and advanced class on their transcript so they can get into the best college. Then imagine going to college, doing all the academic and social stuff, and being the catcher on a national-caliber softball team. Sometimes, it's too much.

The pressure isn't right.
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