Oct. 28, 2011
of Rhode Island passes away
Rhode Island right-hander Joe Ciancola died on
Thursday afternoon after a medical emergency during a team
conditioning workout earlier in the week. The cause of death has
not been determined.
According to Rhode Island, Ciancola, 20, was
stricken during a workout on Monday, Oct. 24. He was taken to
South County Hospital in South Kingstown, R.I. Ciancola was
later moved to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where he
According to reports, Ciancola played baseball
and hockey at Amity High School in Connecticut, graduating in
2010. He originally signed with Winthrop, but transferred to URI
and sat out his freshman year.
Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn
released the following statement:
"It is a tragedy any time you lose someone close to you, and
even more so when it is a member of your family. Joe was and
will continue to be a part of the University of Rhode Island
Athletics family. On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches,
staff and administrators, I want to express our profound sadness
for Joe's passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family
and many friends. We mourn his loss and offer our thoughts and
prayers to those closest with him."
Our thoughts and prayers go out
to the Ciancola family as well as the URI community.