U.S. triathlete dies of a heart attack

Patrick Bell, a U.S. triathlete, has died suddenly of a heart attack on Sunday, June 19, shortly after competing in a triathlon in Ashland, MA. He had just placed 11th in the Ashland Lions MetroWest Triathlon at the Warren Conference Center, which included a 1 mile swim, a 26 mile bike ride, and a 6 mile run. Patrick was on the Vortex Racing Triathlon Development Team, a national racing team, and was competing for a spot in the next Olympics. Since his 2004 graduation from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with degrees in computer science and computer systems engineering, Patrick was employed as a computer software engineer for the EMC Corp. of Southboro.

Funeral services will be held Friday, 6/24 at 10 am from the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 am in Holy Trinity Church on Main Street in Greenfield. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, 6/23 from 4-8 pm.

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