25-year-old Ty Pozzobon's untimely death shook the Professional Bull Riding community to its core.
According to the Calgary Herald, he was found on Monday (Jan. 9) at his Merritt, British Columbia home by his mom and family friend Gail Joe.
Pozzobon was described by people who knew him as a stand up guy who would do anything for a friend or even acquaintance.
"Ty Pozzobon was a cowboy through and through and loved being a professional bull rider,” PBR CEO Sean Gleason said in a statement. “His infectious personality and enthusiasm for doing what he loved touched so many of us, and we will remember him always.”
Kamloops This Week originally reported that his death is "not considered to be suspicious and the investigation has been turned over to the BC Coroners Service."
According to the Calgary Herald, Pozzobon, who had his fair share of injuries including concussions during his years-long career as a Professional Bull Rider, suffered from the effects of concussions and was suffering from depression.
The publication reports that Pozzobon took his own life, which "came as a shock to everybody."
“The family knew he was suffering depression and anxiety...he was still moving forward day-to-day, making plans, making coffee dates, signing contracts,” Gail Joe said. "He was very much moving forward but being drawn down by mental illness."
Pozzobon's family is mourning an unimaginable loss, but they are taking comfort in the fact that his brain could be used to help further understand the implications that come from head injuries and concussions in athletes.
“It touches the family so deeply and it’s something that we’re holding tightly to our hearts, that something good can come out of that as well,” Joe told the Herald.
A memorial will be held for Pozzobon in Merritt on Saturday (Jan. 14). Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jayd, his parents, sisters, and friends.
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