CLEVELAND — An Ohio woman died Sunday while running the Cleveland Marathon, officials said.
According to WEWS-TV, Taylor Ceepo, 22, of Medina, collapsed during the race and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The news came as a shock to family friend Ed Sutter, who described Ceepo, a soccer player, as "extremely fit."
"None of it makes sense other than something that's undetected," he told WEWS.
Ceepo's alma mater, Walsh University, issued a statement offering condolences to her family and friends of the recent graduate.
"Taylor graduated just a few weeks ago from Walsh University, with a biology – pre professional major, and minors in both psychology and chemistry," the statement read, according to WEWS. "Taylor was a member of the Women's Soccer Team, and hailed from Medina. Her mother, dear friends, and her boyfriend (also a Walsh student) were with her. Our love and deepest sympathies go to her family and loved ones. Your Walsh family will keep you all in prayer."
The Cleveland Marathon echoed the sentiment in a tweet Sunday afternoon.
"We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the young woman who collapsed during the race this morning," the tweet read. "Our thoughts and sympathy go out to her family and friends at this time."
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