Merritt Bull Rider Ty Pozzobon dies at the age of 25

By Earl Seitz
January 9, 2017 - 6:19pm Updated: January 10, 2017 - 6:15pm

KAMLOOPS — Well known Merritt Bull Rider Ty Pozzobon has died at the age of 25.

Pozzobon passed away suddenly on Monday.

He was a Pro Bullriders Canada champion, a four time PBR World Finals qualifier and had qualified three times for the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Pozzobon had also hosted the Ty Pozzobon Invitational PBR in his hometown of Merritt from 2013 to 2015.

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No cause of death was given by Pro Rodeo Canada in a statement posted on its website, saying only that Pozzobon’s death Monday was a “tragic loss.”

“Ty was a talent that comes along very seldom in any sport,” Pro Rodeo Canada said. “While all of us mourn the loss of one of our sport’s brightest stars, we are painfully aware that we have also lost one of the truly genuine people in this or any sport.

“The ever-ready Pozzy grin, the endless love and devotion to family and friends, his ability to pick up the spirits of those around him — those are special talents — as great, and maybe even greater, than his superstar ability to ride the rankest bulls in the industry.”

B.C. premier Christy Clark expressed her sadness at Pozzobon’s death on Twitter.

“Ty Pozzobon was a rising star in rodeo and a proud son of Merritt. Absolutely tragic to see him gone so young.”

— With files from The Canadian Press

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