Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tragic news at Auburn

This is a release Auburn SID Kirk Sampson sent out:

Auburn Family Mourns Loss of Virgil Starks

Virgil Starks, who served as the Senior Associate Athletics Directorfor Student-Athlete Support Services at Auburn, passed away suddenly Saturday evening. Starks, 46, joined the Auburn Athletics Department inSeptember 1998.

"Words can’t express the feelings of sorrow and mourning that we haveat the passing of our dear friend Virgil Starks," said Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs. "Virgil was passionate about all facets of his life and cared for Auburn student-athletes as if they were his own children. He will be dearly missed by all that he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with Virgil’s family, friends and our Auburn Family in these difficult times."

A native of Hartselle, Ala., Starks succumbed to cardiac arrest while returning home after the Auburn football game against Tennessee-Martin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Tigers Unlimited Foundation in memory of Virgil Starks. All donations will benefit Starks’ passion, the academic and life-skills enhancement of Auburn student-athletes.

Starks is survived by his wife, Donna, and three daughters, Carolyn, Victoria, and Anastasia.
Memorial arrangements will be provided when they become available.

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