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Former Tar Heel Soccer Player Kirk Urso Has Died

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Tragic news on Sunday involving former Tar Heel men's soccer player Kirk Urso who was rushed to the hospital in Columbus, OH and later pronounced dead. He was 22 years old. The cause of death is not immediately known.

Urso was in his rookie season with the Columbus Crew of MLS where he started the first five games of the season. Prior to that Urso played four years at UNC and served as team captain during the 2011 season helping the Heels win the NCAA title.

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham released the following statement concerning Urso.

"In the very brief time I spent with Kirk it became evident that he was a natural leader. His enthusiasm was contagious to all who knew him. He had a positive and inspirational impact on his team, and many other student-athletes at Carolina. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Kirk's family and friends. His teammates and fellow students are devastated by the news and we will do all we can to support them and his family in this incredibly tragic and sorrowful time."

Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch penned this remembrance of Urso. MLS games on Sunday were slated to begin with a moment of silence in memory of Urso.

Our thoughts and prayers go with the friends and family of Kirk Urso during this tragic time.