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World Cup skier Brayden Kuroda suddenly passes away at the age of 19

Last Updated Feb 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm PDT

(Courtesy facebook.com/freestylecanada)

19-year-old Brayden Kuroda made his World Cup debut in Quebec last month

He is being remembered for his passion for the sport, as well as inspiring other young athletes

Kuroda's death is being called very sudden and unexpected, with Freestyle Canada confirming the death in an online post

PENTICTON (NEWS 1130) – A young skier from Penticton that competed at the World Cup this year has died.

Freestyle Canada has confirmed 19-year-old Brayden Kuroda passed away suddenly Monday night.

A note on their Facebook page reads, ‘Brayden was a very special young man. His infectious smile and passion for the sport of Freestyle skiing inspired our community.’

Kuroda is being remembered for volunteering with his community, as well as work ethic and talent that was highlighted while participating in the sport he loved.

Kuroda made his World Cup debut in Quebec last month, finishing 34th in the field.

He followed that up with a 25th place finish at a separate World Cup event in Calgary on February 1st.