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Penn State Alum Dies at Pittsburgh Half-Marathon

Kyle Chase Johnson, a 23-year-old member of the Penn State Class of 2012, passed away this morning after going into cardiac arrest while running the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. Johnson was a member of the Lion Ambassadors while at Penn State.

Johnson, a former football player at North Allegheny High School, fell down at the 12-mile marker, just 1.1 miles away from finishing his race, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Emergency staff members attempted to resuscitate him at the scene to no avail. He was pronounced dead at UPMC Mercy Hospital, according to the Trib.

Johnson was working at Deloitte & Touche and had just finished his first of four tests to become a Certified Public Accountant. His father mentioned to the Trib that Kyle had recently run a similar race in  New York but had no prior health problems.

Our thoughts go out to Kyle’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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Maddy Pryor

I'm a 2013 Penn State alum with a B. A. in Public Relations as well as minors in History and Communications Arts and Sciences. I am proudly from Neptune, NJ and talk about it at any opportunity possible. I love college basketball and am a big fan of Penn State Basketball, as well as their official student section, Nittany Nation. I'm a big supporter of Relay For Life of Penn State as well as THON and Coaches vs. Cancer.


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