Posted BY: Jim Hoft
Club-level tennis player, Ryan Vannah, tragically died suddenly during a mixed double match on Sunday, January 29.
The 43-year-old player suddenly dropped to his knees and lay down during the tiebreaker of a mixed doubles tennis match at Red Rock Country Club in Nevada.
The doctors who were watching the match rushed to administer CPR, but despite their efforts and 55 minutes of medical procedures, Vannah was not revived.
According to Review-Journal, Vannah was taking medicine for hypertension. According to his sister, Tami Vannah Kang, he never displayed any symptoms that he was having trouble with his health.
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“He took impeccable care of his health,” she said. “He was so fit. He lifted weights. He looked like a bodybuilder to me. He was huge. We did not see this coming.”
Ryan Vannah was pronounced dead at Summerlin Hospital.
The doctors claimed that Vannah was taking the wrong medication for his blood pressure.
However, the coroner has not determined the official cause and manner of death.
Essentially Sports reported:
Ryan Vannah, resident of Las Vegas, comes from a family of doctors and lawyers. However, unlike his family, he chose sports as a career. He graduated from Durango High School and competed in the state tennis championships.
His family was in shock, as Ryan was in good shape and took extra care of his health. Ryan also used to teach children at local elementary schools for extra money.
His sister was in shock after a huge loss.
Ryan’s sister interacted with the media after the sad demise of her brother. She was in utter shock as she revealed that Ryan was extremely fit and it was the first incident of its kind. She also revealed that her husband also used to play alongside her brother at the same club and was present there when the sad incident happened.
Remembering him, she said that Ryan was nice to people and took very little time in making new friends. His friend at Red Rock club, Sean Hubbard, also expressed his shock over Ryan’s sudden demise. However, he also claimed that it was not the first time he saw a player collapse on the tennis court, as it happened in the club eight years ago as well.
Tributes poured in following his death.
“With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Ryan Powell Vannah (43 Years old). Leave your condolences, photos and videos on his commemorative page and pay homage to him or send flowers to show you care.”
“Today we remember a beloved member of our local tennis community, Ryan Vannah, who tragically passed away this past weekend while playing. We will truly miss seeing him in our store and out on the courts. His friendly smile and kind heart brought joy to our team and all who knew him. We’ll miss you, Ryan.”