MONFORT HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - Hundreds paid tribute to a LaSalle grad and baseball star who died at the age of 20, Saturday. Reid Rizzo had just reported to his summer league team in western Kentucky when he passed away in his sleep.
Rizzo had just completed his sophomore year at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.
He was a fighter from a very young age said his family. Rizzo was diagnosed with cardiomyopothy at three months and his family believes that was the cause of his death. "This was a shock to us to say the least because he had been going through evaluations over the last 21 years. So he was fully cleared to play sports," said Tim Rizzo, Reid's father.
He wasn't the tallest or the fastest player on the field but those who knew him said Rizzo didn't care. "His hard work was ridiculous," said former LaSalle teammate, Mike Leytze. "That's all he did was go as hard as he could at everything. "
Rizzo had aspirations of playing in the major leagues one day. "His enthusiasm, his effort, his energy...he was contagious in that way," said Pat O'Connor, Rizzo's baseball coach at LaSalle.
"He's touched many lives and we're bless to have him," said Rizzo's mother, Lisa. "This world was a better place because he's here. Now the world, its never going to be the same."
Funeral services for Reid Rizzo will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius catholic church on North Bend Road in Monfort Heights.