James Madison University cancels remainder of softball season as student athlete Lauren Bernett's death ruled a suicide

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(CNN)James Madison University said it volition cancel the remainder of its softball play arsenic the decease of student jock Lauren Bernett was ruled a suicide.

Bernett, 20, played a large relation successful the 2021 Women's College World Series.

She died April 25 and the Western District Medical Examiner's Office successful Virginia told CNN Tuesday she died by suicide.

    "This was an highly hard determination and 1 that was not made lightly," JMU caput manager Loren LaPorte said successful a Monday statement astir canceling the remainder of the season. "We volition usage this clip to proceed healing and to grant Lauren's representation portion finishing the world semester strong."

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      Bernett was a sophomore who planned connected majoring successful biology with a insignificant successful pre-vet, her JMU bio said.

      The catcher had conscionable been named "Player of the Week" by the Colonial Athletic Association.

      Last season, Bernett and her teammates shined erstwhile they made nationalist headlines with the Dukes' unexpected, first-ever tally to the Women's College World Series nationalist semifinals. JMU finished its best-ever play with a 41-4 record.

        Following Bernett's death, 5 games were canceled, including a doubleheader astatine Longwood University and a play bid with Delaware, according to the statement.

        The remaining crippled cancellations included a contention against Virginia Tuesday and a three-game league bid against Elon May 6 and 7.

        LaPorte acknowledged the interaction the cancellation whitethorn person connected graduating students "whose careers person travel to an abrupt conclusion," vowing the assemblage volition guarantee they're besides honored for their contributions to JMU arsenic pupil athletes.

          "JMU concludes its play astatine 21-21 wide and 10-5 successful league play," the connection said.

          If you oregon idiosyncratic you cognize needs help, telephone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline astatine 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is besides a crisis substance line. For situation enactment successful Spanish, telephone 1-888-628-9454.

          CNN's David Close contributed to this report.

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