Sam Wopat: Athlete’s Mysterious Death Has Shocked Stanford Campus

    March 28, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Shock and grief have shrouded the Stanford campus since school officials announced on Monday that sophomore Samantha Wopat passed away. She was just 19.

Wopat, who excelled in sports and was one of the nation’s best volleyball players during her high school years, was hospitalized on March 17th for what officials would only call “a medical emergency“. She died in the intensive care unit of Stanford Hospital on Sunday. The cause of her death has not been disclosed. The official statement read:

“On behalf of all of us at USA Volleyball, we are terribly saddened by the tragic and sudden passing of Samantha Wopat. Sam played on the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team at the FIVB World Championship and the 2010 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team at the NORCECA Continental Championship. Samantha was a bright and vibrant participant in the USA Volleyball Indoor High Performance Program with a seemingly unlimited and bright future. We cannot begin to imagine the sense of loss to the family, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to them and our most sincere condolences.” – Doug Beal, Chief Executive Officer of USA Volleyball

The young athlete was a three-time junior Olympic competitor and joined Stanford’s volleyball team in 2010 with her twin sister, Carly.

As with the death of any young person, the news of the loss has touched many who didn’t even know her. Twitter reacted immediately.

Rest in peace Sam Wopat.(image) 7 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Still inshock about the passing of Sam Wopat. I cant even imagine what the Stanford Volleyball program is going through, praying for you all(image) 10 hours ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Prayers go out to family and friends of Sam Wopat and the Stanford volleyball team… Sad news to hear(image) 1 day ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

#RIP Sam Wopat. You were an amazing volleyball player & taken way too soon. Prayers & condolences to the Wopat family ?(image) 1 day ago via Mobile Web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

  • Blanche Alvarado

    I heard she hung herself

  • http://yahoo.com Dr Mo Ritchot

    Do we really know what happend to Sam Wopat? No!….for someone to say she hung herself, is what we call in the legal field is hearsay. Unless there is concrete information abou the passing of Sam, please do not guess of how she died, and allow the family to find the real reason for Sams passing….Thank You…Dr Mo

  • vbmomma

    I think if the parents would be honest, some of these stories circulating on the web ,would stop. By keeping it a secret, its only going to glamorize it. If they were honest, they may save someone, just like their daughter. also it might save a parent all the pain and heartache they are experiencing, What can we learn from Sams death. Maybe in due time they will be ready

  • michael

    WOW if the parents were honest. Amazing what people can say that is just ridiculous. How dare you assume to know what her familly is going thru and you expect them to tell you. I guess the saying Your right to know supercedes your right to exist is true for some people. Show some respect and let this family grieve in their own way not for your benefit.

  • Sara

    To everyone making a fuss over the family choosing not to publicize the reason for her death, leave them alone. If they choose not to announce it that is their choice. Their daughter, their sister has died. It is tragic and harder than anyone who has not gone through this themselves could possibly imagine. No public explanation for the cause of her death is going to change that. So please, unless you have something nice to say about Sam or condolences to give to the family, keep your comments to yourself.