A champion water skier who studied at a Louisiana university has died «suddenly» at the age of 18, officials from the school and its water ski team have announced.
Michael Arthur «Micky» Geller, a freshman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a member of the school’s Ragin’ Cajuns water ski team, died Saturday, according to his obituary.
Geller, who was studying kinesiology and hailed from Ontario, Canada, was a renowned athlete who was ranked sixth in the world as a junior water skier in the U21 jump, according to the university.
Water Ski Canada said in a statement he died «suddenly», but the cause of death was not disclosed.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you the news that team member Micky Geller has passed away,” said the Team Ragin’ Cajuns he said on social media. “His love for him for water skiing was evident in everything he did, from his training and competitions to his interactions with his teammates and coaches.”
The team said Geller will always be remembered «for his incredible work ethic, endless passion, humor, athleticism and charisma.»
“He loved nothing more than getting on the ramp and flying away, but he also enjoyed rock climbing, motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, engaging in deep conversations and discussions about current events and music,” the team said.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette flew flags at half mast in memory of Geller on Thursday, the same day funeral services were held in Canada.
«His friends and family remain in the thoughts, hearts and prayers of many at the University,» the school said.
In addition to competing for his school, Geller was also part of the Ontario ski community and represented water ski canada on various occasions, including the International Ski and Wakeboard Federation Under-17 World Championships, the Jr. Masters Water Ski Tournament, and the 2022 Pan American Championships.
A obituary for Geller said, «With his fast-paced approach to life, Micky experienced more in his 18 years than many will ever experience. Yet he was only breaking the surface of the possibilities to come.»
«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, bravery, drive, discipline and limitless potential.»
Geller is survived by his parents, sister and grandparents.