As noted, Jonah Snyder, a 20-year-old student at Seth Rollins' "The Black & The Brave" wrestling academy, passed away after going into cardiac arrest at the Moline, Illinois wrestling facility.
Since the tragedy, Rollins was contacted by The Quad City Times for comments on the story. Instead of giving a direct quote, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion referred the publication to the following official statement from his wrestling school, which comes from the official Twitter page of the facility:
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our student, Jonah Snyder. Jonah attended the first night of our 7th Black and Brave class a week ago. After briefly participating in fitness drills with his classmates he abruptly fell ill. Emergency personnel were called and Jonah was rushed to the hospital. He passed away en route. No cause of death has been determined.
Jonah loved professional wrestling and in closing we wanted to leave you with his words. Below is an excerpt from the essay Jonah penned for his application to our school. All of our thoughts are with Jonah’s family and friends as they go through this incredibly difficult time.
“I live, breath, sleep, and eat wrestling. It’s in my blood. I want to learn it so I can travel the world putting a smile on people’s faces. I wanna give them hope or something to believe in.”