August 7th, 2012
Gone Too Soon: Kirk Urso
Kirk Urso, of the Columbus Crew, was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. Sunday at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant. The MLS rookie was just 22-years-old – and his untimely passing stunned not only the Crew community, but the U.S. footy community as a whole.
“It’s a shocker,” Crew president and general manager Mark McCullers told MLSsoccer.com. ”He was an unbelievable kid,” he added. “He was a kid that I would certainly point to and tell my son, ‘That’s the kind of person I want you to be.’”
Tributes from his former teammates and colleagues have been pouring in, including a heartfelt message from his fellow University of North Carolina alum, Mia Hamm, on Twitter.
Urso, a midfielder at the University of North Carolina, played in more matches than anyone in school history and had joined the Columbus Crew during the offseason between the 2011 and 2012 seasons after participating in the supplemental draft. He appeared in six games before an injury sidelined him in June.
On Monday, the coroner said Urso likely died from ‘natural’ causes, possibly related to a heart condition. Later that day, however, authorities released the 911 call from the weekend, which insinuated other causes were behind the player’s sudden death.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends as well as the club’s players and fans.