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University of Louisian-Lafayette waterski champ die “suddenly” at 18

Michael Arthur “Micky” Geller 18-year-old champion water skier and member of the school’s Ragin’ Cajuns Waterski Team at Louisiana University died “suddenly” on May 13, according to his obituary.

“With his full throttle approach to life, Micky experienced more in his 18 years than many ever will.  However, he was just cracking the surface of the possibilities that lay ahead,” the obituary said.

“There are so many people who truly loved Micky simply because he loved so generously. Our boy will be remembered for his empathy, passion, strength, fearlessness, drive, discipline and limitless potential.”

Geller studied kinesiology and hailed from Ontario, Canada, and ranked 6th in the world as a junior water skier in the U21 jump, according to the university. The student athlete also represented events such as the U17 IWWF World Championships and the 2022 Pan American Championships.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share with all of you the news that team member Micky Geller has passed away,” the Ragin’ Cajuns team said on social media. “His love for water skiing was evident in everything he did, from his training and competitions to his interactions with his teammates and coaches.”

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette flew flags at half-staff in honor of Geller, the same day the funeral services were held in Canada.

UL Lafayette wrote in a Facebook statement: “His friends and family remain in the thoughts, hearts and prayers of many at the University.” No cause of death has been disclosed.

Geller attended UL Lafayette on a full scholarship and also loved rock climbing, motorcycling, snowmobiling and “engaging in deep conversation and debates about current events” and music, according to the school.

Several loved ones and family members have shared memories of Geller on his obituary page calling the news “heartbreaking” and saying they were “overwhelmed with sadness.”

Geller is survived by his parents Bobbian and Mitch, sister Chloe, and his grandparents. His family has asked that donations in his memory be made to Waterski Wakeboard Canada.


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