Former UCF tight end, 25, dies suddenly

by WorldTribune Staff / 247 Real News December 13, 2022

Former University of Central Florida tight end Jake Hescock died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest while jogging, according to his family.

Jake Hescock

Hescock, 25, collapsed while jogging in Boston. A passerby provided CPR and Hescock was brought to a hospital before being placed on life support, reports say.

In a post on social media, the family said that Hescock suffered a severe brain injury during the cardiac arrest.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to say my cousin Jake has passed on,” Hescock’s cousin Lisa Walz Mlynarczyk wrote on Facebook Sunday. “May he rest in peace and forever shine his bright soul upon us.”

Hescock played at UCF from 2017-21. He appeared in every game in his last two seasons with the Knights after starting his college career at Wisconsin in 2016.

“So hard to lose a guy with so much life about him,” UCF tight ends coach and special-teams coordinator Brian Blackmon wrote on social media. “His spirit was contagious and everyone who knew Jake loved him.”

In January 2022, Hescock told The Eagle he was working on a bachelors degree in Finance, having already earned a degree in Integrated Business. Per that story, he was looking into a possible career in medical equipment sales and possibly coaching football.

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