James Madison University is honoring the life and legacy of Lauren Bernett.
“Our hearts are aching, hearing the news of the loss of one of our student-athletes,” a message posted to the Virginia school’s website on April 26 read. “Lauren Bernett was a high-achieving member of our softball team and a great ambassador of JMU and our athletics program. She was a key member of our 2021 Women’s College World Series team as a freshman catcher last year.”
“College athletics is great because of the people with whom we get to interact every day,” the statement about the 20-year-old sophomore continued. “We are a tight family. We are grateful that Lauren has been part of our JMU Athletics community and will always consider her to be a Duke.”
A cause of death for the Pennsylvania native has yet to be shared publicly. E! News has reached out to authorities for comment.