His family remembers him as a boy who brightened up the lives of those around him.
A shocking tragedy took place in the home of Utah family. Garth Gagnier said his son, Logan, died after going to bed on Friday night. The family initially thought the young boy had slept in late and went in to check on him on Saturday morning. “My oldest daughter ran upstairs just to see if he was okay and found him unresponsive and…,” Garth told NBC affiliate KSL-TV through tears. "He'd been gone for hours." A preliminary autopsy was inconclusive and the family is left utterly confused as to what happened. "He was healthy and he was active, so that's what's confusing and frustrating," he shared.
This is Logan Gagnier. He would have turned 10 this year. He passed away in his sleep last night. He loved BYU football, spending time with his family, and being funny. He was everything that you would want in a son. Losing him will be the greatest of losses. My heart is broken pic.twitter.com/zPOW3bPgHi— 🦋Garth Gagnier🦋 (@Grrr22) March 13, 2022
The young boy who loved BYU football and the Utah Jazz is being remembered Monday as a kind-hearted “goofball” who brightened up the lives of those around him. “He was just such a personality in our family,” Garth said. “When people are so focused on differences, Logan had so much to offer because he treated people like they were people. So, I think what Logan would say he wanted to get out of his life was that. “I don’t know how we’re going to fill that hole.” Although his time was short, Logan "lived life to the fullest." "He loved BYU football, family time, and was always looking to make people laugh," his uncle wrote on GoFundMe. "Our hearts are broken, but we know he was received into heaven by angels," he added. "If there is a football field in heaven, he is catching touchdown passes today, and taking a break eating Oreos and Doritos. Please pray for his family who has to struggle with living with the hole in their home and their hearts. We love you Logan."
9-Year-Old Boy 'With No Known Sickness or Trauma' Dies Unexpectedly in His Sleep: 'Our Hearts Are Broken' https://t.co/25ZdKRI9c3— People (@people) March 16, 2022
"We didn't have any warning. There were no signs of any kind of sickness or illness or trauma, but God gave us some special moments," his uncle, JD Sheppard told Fox 13. "He just had a ton of energy. Always trying to make people laugh." According to Newsweek, the young boy's tragic demise may fall into the category of sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC). In most cases of SUDC, a healthy child goes to sleep and never wakes up. According to the SUDC Foundation, Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is a category of death in children between the ages of 1 and 18 that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including an autopsy. Nearly 400 children succumbed to sudden, unexplained death in the U.S. in 2020, many of whom were toddlers.
March is Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Awareness Month— NJ Department of Children and Families (@NJDCF) March 9, 2022
Currently, we do not understand the causes of SUDC, how to predict or prevent it.
We can, however, learn more, raise awareness and advocate for those who have experienced it.
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