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Knightdale man dies after college track tryout

Posted August 20, 2010

— A North Carolina A&T State University student from Knightdale died Thursday from complications of an elevated heart rate during a track team tryout, the school said.

Officials said at a news conference Friday afternoon that Jospin "Andre" Milandu, 20, a sophomore, collapsed during a workout during which no athletic trainer was present – a violation of university policy.

University officials said an internal investigation is under way into the circumstances surrounding his death.

In a statement earlier Friday, officials had said Milandu had been at a "supervised, voluntary track team open tryout on the campus."

He was taken to Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, where he was pronounced dead, Chancellor Harold Martin said.

Family members said Milandu had been running track for years and ran while he was a student at Knightdale High School.

Jospin Milandu N.C. A&T sophomore dies after track tryout

"That was his passion from the moment he tried it," his brother, Isaac Milandu, 13, said Friday. "He knew that was his passion."

"He was just stuck on track," friend T. J. Petty said.

He had dreams of being an Olympic athlete, sister Ferline Milandu, 18, said.

"It's sad that he died trying to live his dream," she said. "He was so fresh and young and finally getting to experience life."

Family members said heat was not a factor in their brother's death and that he had no known medical conditions.

A&T is planning a memorial and prayer service for 2 p.m. Monday behind the Memorial Student Union.

"(Jospin Milandu) leaves a remarkable legacy of friendship, love and Aggie pride that will forever remain with each life that he touched," said Wayne Kimball, president of A&T's Student Government Association, in a letter to the university.


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  • Adelinthe Aug 20, 2010

    Awww, praying for his loved ones.

    So tragic.

    God bless.


  • nomorethanthat Aug 20, 2010

    Some heart conditions can only be found by doing a stres ekg with echo imaging, neither of which were probably done. Remember the athelete that died last spring, he tested ok by his doctor and passed his sport physical but he had an undiagnosed condition.

  • DiscoStu65 Aug 20, 2010

    tragic. prayers go out to his family.

  • prettyinpink1967 Aug 20, 2010

    A&T alums are in mourning for this young man. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May this be an example to his fellow students and other people that life is short, spend your time doing things you are passionate about and working to better yourself. This young man appears to have been doing just that and I know his family was proud of him

  • NoMoreExcuses Aug 20, 2010

    This breaks my heart. To the family, you are in my prayers. To my AGGIE family, keep your head up. Aggie c/o 2001

  • wildcat Aug 20, 2010

    Did this young man's doctor have his heart checked thoroughly? sounds like he had a weak heart.

  • kb79 Aug 20, 2010

    has died twice....his heart may have stopped twice....but he did not die twice....that only happens once....

  • Baybee Doll Aug 20, 2010

    Awww...so sad!!!

  • wildcat Aug 20, 2010

    My condolences to his family, friends and to the AGGIE family. May God continue to bless you all.

  • kle2001 Aug 20, 2010

    As a fellow AGGIE ALUM my heart goes out to the family of this fellow AGGIE and wish them peace during this time.