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10-Time National Champion Cheerleader Dies Unexpectedly At Age 30

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – FEBRUARY 1: Louisville Cardinals cheerleaders in the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at KFC YUM! Center on February 1, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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.

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A cause of death has not been confirmed, but loved ones said it was unexpected.

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