Tennis Champion Collapses, Dies Suddenly on Court at 43

A tennis champion has tragically died suddenly at just 43 years old, according to reports.

Ryan Vannah died after collapsing on the court last week.

He was playing mixed doubles at Red Rock Country Club in Las Vegas on January 29.

Vannah was in the middle of the game when he dropped to the court unexpectedly, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Efforts to revive him using CPR failed, despite doctors trying for 55 minutes.

Although Vannah came from a family with a history of high blood pressure and he was taking drugs for it, his sister, Tami Vannah Kang, said.

Kang said her brother never appeared to have health problems and was a dedicated athlete.

“He took impeccable care of his health,” she said.

“He was so fit. He lifted weights.

“He looked like a bodybuilder to me. He was huge.

“We did not see this coming.”

The Review-Journal said that after Vannah was brought to Summerlin Hospital, doctors believed he was on the wrong blood pressure drug.

No official cause of death was issued, however.

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Vannah was on the club’s teams in the 40-and-over and 18-and-over age groups last year when they won their second consecutive United States Tennis Association League championships, the Review-Journal reported.

“He was a big, giant teddy bear,” his sister said.

“It only took him a minute to befriend even his opponents.”

Red Rock head pro Sean Hubbard said, “To see a friend go down like that, it’s definitely tough.

“For everyone in Las Vegas who played tennis with him, it was a really sad day.”

Dan Michalski, a fellow tennis player, said Vannah “was a friend to anyone.

“The whole tennis community is really shaken by this.”

He said 43-year-old’s death was “a tough pill to swallow.

“Especially when he was so vibrant and full of life, such an integral part of the community.”

Vannah’s niece Payton Dunn posted on a memorial page for him, “Uncle Ryan, I love you so much!

“You were the best uncle I could ask for.

“You were so kind and loving.

“You were always there for me and supported me in everything.

“I really hope I will see you again in the future because I really and truly don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t.

“I love you, Uncle Ryan!!”

A memorial service for Vannah will be held at 10 am Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Las Vegas.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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