Jack Madison: 20-year-old Colorado College tennis player from Ohio dies unexpectedly in his sleep
BEXLEY, OHIO: A student of Colorado College and member of the Tigers’ tennis team died on Monday, January 2. Sophomore Jack Madison, 20, died in his sleep in Ohio home, according to an email sent out to the college community. This came as a shock to the team and others associated with Madison.
The college's men’s tennis team released a statement in which Colorado College Vice President and Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine said: "We are devastated by the tragic passing of Jack Madison. Jack was a treasured member of our men’s tennis program and his loss will be profoundly felt throughout the athletics department and campus community."
"The tennis program is deeply saddened by the news of Jack Madison’s death," head coach Anthony Weber said. He added, "Jack was one of the most friendly and respectful student-athletes we have had in our program. We will miss his selflessness and positive influence. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family as they cope with this tragic news."
Devastating news this evening as we learned of the passing of @CCTigers student-athlete Jack Madison. With heavy hearts we send our condolences to Jack's family and friends and everyone at CC who is suffering from this tragic loss. https://t.co/UPk2SOgj6r— SCAC (@SCAC_Sports) January 3, 2023
According to Madison's family, he was interested in language, music, and art. "Jack encouraged our community to reflect and think more deeply, not to mention to listen to new artists. He loved our CC community. He loved tennis and being part of CC’s tennis team, for which he was recruited," the email from Colorado College read. The statement added, "He engaged fully with campus life in a myriad of ways, embracing CC to the fullest. Jack was observant, super imaginative, creative, and independent-minded. His humor, deep thinking, and generous spirit were a gift in his friendships and to all of us."
Madison, a native of Ohio, earned four letters while attending Columbus Academy. In his senior year, he was appointed as the team captain. Madison played for Colorado College in the 2022 fall season after being injured for the duration of the 2021 season due to Hernia complications. Off court, he planned to pursue a History Major and Journalism Minor with the dream of being a History teacher someday in Columbus.
According to his obituary posted on The Columbus Dispatch, Madison had been at Colorado College for a year and a half. The obituary stated: "He was passionate about tennis, and had an extremely successful playing career where, with his cousin Arie Tuckerman, played in the State Doubles Finals two years in a row. At Academy, he developed a continued passion for painting; we’ll cherish his paintings forever." A fund will also be set up in Madison's honor to encourage underprivileged children to play tennis. Moreover, no cause of death has been released yet.