The 31-year-old former college tennis star died suddenly

Another young man has died unexpectedly, continuing a disturbing trend worldwide. Reports have confirmed that former University of Georgia star tennis player Lily Kimbel has died at the age of 31 on Sunday.

His sister Samantha Giles revealed via Facebook that Kimbell had suffered a massive heart attack stemming from kidney problems.

The cause of Kimbell’s kidney problems is unknown at this time. An official cause of death has not been determined.

Giles went on to post a touching tribute to Lily’s life:

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I’ve wanted you all my life. You were very talented and loved by many. When people ask me who my favorite tennis player is my answer is always you. I was very proud of you and your accomplishments

I look up to you as a person apart from what you’ve done on the court. You had the ability to make everyone smile. Every time we walked into the room you would be surrounded by people laughing.

I’m still trying to process why God let this happen to you at 31. I shouldn’t have said goodbye to my sister at 22. I love you so much Lily. I know you’re looking at us. I promise we will try to be better people in your honor.

The Clayton News-Daily There’s more:

“We are shocked and heartbroken to learn of Lily’s passing,” Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said. “I will always remember how he helped create a culture of excellence with his attitude and work ethic. Lily was a great teammate and always smiling and laughing during practice and matches. He is one of the most successful doubles players in Georgia tennis history. In the spring of his sophomore year, he went undefeated in doubles with Maho (Quase), and their 22-match winning streak is still a school record. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

A resident of New Braunfels, Texas, and a member of the 2011-2014 tennis squad, Kimbell recorded 197 combined wins – 109 doubles and 88 singles. Kimbell was a part of the 2014 SEC Tournament Championship team that finished 24-5, as well as the 2013 squad that went 24-4 and claimed the SEC Championship. He was part of four teams that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. Kimbel was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team in 2012 and 2014. As a senior, Kimbel went 30-8 in singles and was tabbed as the ITA Regional Most Improved Senior of the Year. As a freshman, Kimbell won the 2011 ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Championship with Chelsea Gullickson.

He holds the record for most consecutive doubles wins in a season – 22 in 2012 with Cowas, tied for fourth in career doubles wins with a 109–31 record and seventh in doubles wins in a season with a 32–5 record in 2012.

Kimbell earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family science in 2014 and a master’s degree in sport management in 2016 while working in the athletic department. Following his Bulldogs career, Kimbell served as an assistant tennis coach at Eastern Illinois as well as St. Mary’s in San Antonio. He also worked for Addison Group, Supreme Lending and Paycom – headquartered in the Dallas area.