James Madison University has been left shocked at the sad news of the death of softball star Lauren Bernett at the age of just 20.
The news of her passing was announced in a statement by JMU president Jonathan Alger on 26 April 2022. No details have been released about Lauren’s cause of death.
As friends of Lauren share condolences with her family, we find out more about her parents, Kim and Scott Bernett.
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Who was Lauren Bernett?
Originally from McDonald, Pennsylvania, Lauren Bernett was a student-athlete at James Madison University for its softball team.
Seen on the field wearing shirt #22, Lauren played in the 2021 Women’s College World Series as a freshman catcher.
Aside from her undoubted athletic talent, the JMU Sports website revealed Lauren planned to major in biology with a minor in pre-vet.
Who are Lauren Bernett’s parents?
While not much is known of Lauren Bernett’s parents, Kim and Chris Bernett, the couple have five children in total, two boys and three girls.
Just like Lauren, her mother Kim was also a softball player. Kim attended Washington and Jefferson College, according to JMU Sports.
The Bernett family, who share a close relationship, can be seen on Lauren’s Instagram page.
In 2020, Lauren shared multiple smiling photos alongside her parents and siblings in celebration of her graduation from South Fayette High School.
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Condolences following shock news
The tragic news of Lauren Bernett’s passing has come as a shock to so many people.
Well known within the softball community, many fans and friends of Lauren took to Twitter to share their sadness and condolences:
In dedication to Lauren Bernett’s life, the players on the University of Tennessee’s softball team wore purple ribbons in their hair on 27 April. The ribbons match the colours worn by the James Madison University softball team, of which Lauren was a highly valued member.
We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Lauren Bernett.