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Dec 21, 2013 11:43 AM by Scott Oathout

Arizona track athlete dies from complications after brain surgery

TUCSON- Arizona track and field student-athlete, Lezo Urreiztieta, passed away due to complications following brain surgery.

Urreiztieta competed in the hurdles event and was twice named to the academic all-conference teams. He attended Canyon del Oro High School, before enrolling at the U of A.

His track coach at the U of A, Fred Harvey, released a statement on Urreiztieta's passing. "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Lezo Urreiztieta," Harvey said. "He was an important part of our Wildcat family and his passion for life and our sport will be truly missed. We extend our support and condolences to his family and friends for their loss. Lezo was proud to be a Wildcat."

U of A Athletic Director Greg Byrne also released a statement on Urreiztieta. "We send our sincerest sympathies and deepest prayers to the family and friends of Lezo Urreiztieta," Byrne said. "The unfortunate passing of someone so young and full of life affects us all. He was an excellent student, in addition to being a valued member of our track team and the Arizona Athletics community."

Lezo Urreiztieta is survived by his parents and brother.

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