A former University of Louisville cheerleader died unexpectedly over the weekend.
According to an obituary online, Eric Ortiz died Oct. 22nd at the young age of 30-years-old.
The All Stars released a statement that described him as a “sweet, amazing, and genuine person.”
“This Homecoming weekend turned out to be one none of us expected. One of our own beloved athletes, alumnae, and friends was called home.
Eric Ortiz was a force when he joined our program. He could stunt, tumble, jump, dance, and perform with some of the greatest athletes that have ever stepped a shoe onto a cheer floor. He was captivating as an athlete. He could do it all and that he did. He was a leader at practice and on the competition floor.
Eric was a sweet, amazing, and genuine person. There were always plenty of smiles, hugs, and reasons to laugh when he was near. His positivity was infectious with his teammates, program, and friends. He was a light that pushed whatever darkness and worry present- away.”
Ortiz was a 10-time national champion and two-time world champion. He cheered for the University of Louisville and GymTyme.
Several cheerleaders paid tribute to Ortiz on social media.
A cause of death has not been confirmed, but loved ones said it was unexpected.