Cause of Death Released for 23-Year-Old College Swimmer Who Died Suddenly


A coroner has released the cause of death of a recent University of Arizona graduate and swimmer who died suddenly last month.

Ty Wells passed away on Jan. 27 at the age of 23 after a successful swimming career, the school announced on Jan. 30.

A medical examiner released a preliminary report on Friday listing his cause of death as natural and related to multiple infections.

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Wells was a member of the Wildcats swim team from 2018 to 2022, specializing in the breaststroke.

He graduated from Arizona last May with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and physiology.

A biography of Wells on the school’s athletics website states he was born in 1999 in Mountain View, California. He is survived by his parents and a sister.

After Wells’ sudden death, Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke described him as “a light that shined bright in the lives of everyone he came across.”

“Ty was a tremendous young man who proudly represented the University of Arizona in the pool, classroom and community,” Heeke said in a statement.

“Ty was a decorated swimmer, dedicated student and outstanding leader who was a member of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was passionate about serving in the community,” Heeke added, according to Fox News.

A GoFundMe was set up for Wells’ parents after his death. The campaign sought to raise $25,000 but had hauled in more than $68,000 in donations as of Tuesday afternoon.

The campaign organizer, a parent of an Arizona swimmer, called Wells one of the team’s “most adored swimmers” whose smile “lit up a room.”

“He was a guiding light to all of his friends and teammates as well as to all of us parents. He brought out the best in all of us and cared so deeply.”

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Wells was a fifth-year senior on the team. He had plans to either become a physical therapist or pursue work in sports medicine, according to SwimSwam.

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