If you are a fan of softball, you probably know about the famous American athlete Lauren Bernett. Her real name was never revealed, but we know her actual name, which is Lauren Bernett. Lauren was an extremely private person who used to keep her personal life to herself, but on September 14, Lauren Bernett took her own life. Her death was confirmed by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office of the West District Of Virginia. Jeff and Alger Bourne, two of the men who worked at the West District of Virginia, confirmed the athlete’s death.
James Madison softball catcher Lauren Bernett took her own life
Lauren Bernett, a sophomore at James Madison University, took her own life last Friday. The 23-year-old was a key contributor to the team’s College World Series run last year. She was the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. Bernett was an avid sports fan, with a love for the Colts and the Baltimore Orioles. Her death was classified as a suicide, according to the Western District Medical Examiner’s Office.
While the cause of Bernett’s death has not yet been released, JMU officials have said the suicide was a result of an unspecified mental illness. Bernett had been a star softball player and was a member of the JMU Athletics Department’s Scholar-Athlete program. She was also a member of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. She majored in Biology with a minor in Pre-Vet.
Her death has shaken the school and the athletic department. The university canceled five games last week following Bernett’s death. Her death has left a void in the JMU community. Bernett’s death has caused the school’s athletic department to provide counseling resources for its students. Bernett’s memory was honored by other JMU sports teams. She was a key part of the team’s College World Series run in 2021.
After Bernett’s death, the school has canceled the rest of its softball season. It would have been impossible to ask the remaining players to play after Lauren Bernett’s death. Her death has shook the softball world. Bernett’s death highlights the need for more support and awareness in college sports, especially those who struggle with mental health. It is time for the NCAA to make a change and provide more support for student-athletes.
Her death is the third high-profile suicide of a female college athlete in two weeks
Lauren Bernett’s death comes on the heels of the recent deaths of former Stanford and Wisconsin athletes. On March 1, the Stanford women’s soccer team announced the suicide of goalkeeper Katie Meyer. Meyer’s parents confirmed that their daughter committed suicide and said that they had no red flags about her mental health. Earlier this month, the family of another former Stanford student announced the suicide of her teammate, Katie Meyer, an International Relations major and a redshirt freshman.
The NCAA must do more to support its student-athletes and to provide support for students behind the athlete. The NCAA must take responsibility for the mental health of its athletes, especially those who are under immense pressure to succeed and excel. The three suicides of female college athletes in two weeks has been a wake-up call for the NCAA and other athletic departments.
The NCAA needs to do more to prevent these tragedies. Many schools employ mental health experts and support staff, but these services are not reaching enough of the student-athlete population. Many of these young athletes are already under tremendous pressure and are asked to perform a lot at such a young age. Lauren Bernett’s death will hopefully spur change.
While there is no official autopsy report available, her death is being classified as a suicide. Bernett’s death is the third high-profile suicide of a female college athlete in two weeks. She was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week a few days prior to her death, and her teammates and coach are honoring her memory. The loss of such a beloved athlete has devastated the baseball and softball community.
Her career at JMU
After the shocking suicide of JMU softball player Lauren Bernett, the university has canceled the rest of its softball season. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office classified Bernett’s death as an apparent suicide. The cancellations include a Tuesday game against Virginia and a three-game league series against Elon. Five games were already canceled last week. JMU coaches and players said they are working to help their student-athletes cope with the tragedy.
The university and the James Madison softball team are mourning the loss of Bernett, a 20-year-old who was part of their Women’s College World Series team last year. The university has not released the cause of death, but the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office has not yet responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Bernett’s death has stunned many, and her life will live on in the program’s history.
Despite her tragic passing, Bernett’s achievements during her JMU softball career are well documented. She was the youngest of four siblings and attended South Fayette High School. Her dream was to major in Biology and minor in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. She was also an outstanding student-athlete and was recognized as one of the nation’s top athletes.
The sophomore was the star of the softball team. Her performance was so impressive that she was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. She went 7-for-9 with seven RBIs and four runs scored in a single game. Despite her performance, the team has struggled compared to recent seasons. Her star pitcher Odicci Alexander has been injured and has been out with an injury. Still, the team was in the running for the CAA regular-season title this weekend.
Her accomplishments in softball
As a sophomore at JMU, Lauren Bernett was a champion catcher. She was also named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week and the VaSID All-State Second Team. In addition, Bernett was on the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Her passing on April 26 is the latest tragedy to take a JMU
softball player’s life.
Her many accomplishments on the diamond were nothing compared to those she embodied off the field. Her love for animals and her willingness to help children were her greatest assets. As a biology major, she dedicated her time and talents to philanthropy and other charitable causes. She was also a volleyball player and softball catcher for the James Madison University team. Her 33 RBIs were a testament to her giving soul.
Lauren Bernett’s softball career started while she was a high school student. In high school, she became a member of the team’s U-18 division and earned four varsity letters. She was also a runner-up at the 2018 TCS East Coast Summer Nationals. After graduation, she joined the James Madison University softball team, where she achieved national recognition. She was a four-year varsity letter winner and was named to the VaSID All-State Second Team. In addition, she was also a member of the CAA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In the fall of 2017, she tied an RBI record against the College of Charleston, which earned her the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honor.
Bernett was also a key member of James Madison’s team in the 2021 Women’s College World Series. As a freshman, she was a key member of the team’s catching staff. Her death led to the cancellation of a doubleheader against Longwood University. It remains to be seen how the schedule for the rest of the season will be changed. A statement from JMU’s athletics department released a statement expressing the university’s condolences to Bernett’s family and friends.
Her family’s reaction to her death
The official cause of death has not been determined yet, but authorities have determined that the death was apparent suicide. Lauren was a member of the Duke community. She was a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. She majored in Biology with a minor in Pre-Vet. Among her accomplishments were being named Player of the Week. In the final at-bat, she hit a home run. Her death has triggered a series of reactions among her teammates, family and friends.
Several people have pointed to recent suicides among college athletes. The first was Stanford soccer player Katie Meyer, who was 22 years old. Her parents believe the suicide was partially due to the fear of disciplinary action. Now, the second suicide by an NCAA athlete, Lauren Bernett, was the victim of similar fears. The NCAA has not been supportive enough of athletes. Since March, three female athletes have taken their own lives.
The death of Lauren was a shock to everyone, especially the family. Bernett was only a sophomore, and her parents were shocked and devastated. The death of a talented young athlete is tragic and unexpected. Her parents, Chris and Kim, were able to get through the difficult time. The death was ruled an apparent suicide. The university where she attended said in a Twitter post that the death was a suicide. The university is still searching for answers about the cause of the death, but is encouraging her family to talk to the school’s administration.
Her teammates and friends are rallying together. The JMU softball team, for example, contacted all other CAA softball programs, and sent a message to the students. Coaches wrote on Twitter about Lauren, including her teammate Alissa
Humphrey. This was a touching tribute to Lauren. While the school community is mourning the loss of Lauren, the players and coaches are focusing on the positive aspects of the tragedy.