Wayne H.S. grad dies at Kent State

Jason Bitsko
Jason Bitsko

KENT, Ohio (WDTN) – A graduate of Wayne High School in Huber Heights attending college at Kent State University died unexpectedly, Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Jason Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m., according to NBC Sports.

Police believe he died from an undetermined medical issue.

Bitsko, a student-athlete, was set to begin his fourth year on the football team and would have been the starting center for this coming season.

“Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing,” said athletic director Joel Nielsen in a statement. “We are heartbroken by the news of Jason’s death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched.”

“Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family,” head football coach Paul Haynes said. “As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time.”

Bitsko was 21.

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