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Arizona track and field student-athlete dies from surgery complications

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Arizona track and field student-athlete dies from surgery complications

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Dec 21, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Lezo Urreiztieta, a University of Arizona track and field student-athlete, has died from complications following brain surgery.

A junior from Tucson, Urreiztieta competed in the hurdles under the direction of head coach Fred Harvey, and was a graduate of Canyon del Oro High School.

In addition to his success on the track, Urreiztieta was also an excellent student, twice earning academic all-conference honors.

Urreiztieta is survived by his parents, Izaro and Melissa Urreiztieta, and brother, Gaizka.

Arizona Athletics release the following statement regarding his death:

"We send our sincerest sympathies and deepest prayers to the family and friends of Lezo Urreiztieta," Athletics Director Greg 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.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Lezo Urreiztieta," head coach Fred 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."

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.