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Community Mourns Death of Joey Ciancola

Loved and admired by many, Joey Ciancola will not soon be forgotten.

While the Ciancola family of Orange is suffering the unbearable loss of 20 year old Joseph "JoJo" Ciancola, the community also is trying to deal with the news.

At last night's selectman's debate a family friend told Patch that Joey's grandparents had gone to visit him at the University of Rhode Island last weekend and on Monday he collapsed during a baseball practice with a 105-degree temperature.

He was brought to South County Hospital in Wakefield, RI and later transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

Our source said Joe lost his kidney and liver functions, and was put into a medically induced coma. All tests showed he had no drugs in his system.

"He went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday night, but they were able to bring him back," she said.

She said complications in his condition were a mystery and he died sometime around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday while on the way to the operating room.

At Amity, Joe was known as a "really nice kid" and a phenomenal athlete.

At the 2010 Amity Awards Ceremony, he was named Athlete of the Year and was the recipient of the Baseball Most Valuable Player Award, B-O-W Youth Hockey Award co-recipient and the winner of the Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award.

He signed on to pitch at Winthrop University in South Carolina, but transfered to URI and sat out his freshman year.

News spread quickly

Moments after he died, friends began posting messages on Joey's Facebook page, from old classmates to former teammates, aquaintances and lifelong friends, the love is obvious.

Amity classmate John Jorge got the news while taking a test in school Thursday night. The Patch breaking news brief came up on his cell phone.

Jorge was visibly shaken while working at Nuvita later that evening.

"We went to kindergarten together, graduated from Amity together," he said. "He was such a good kid, a nice kid...I can't believe this."

The following story appeared on the University of Rhode Island Website at http://is.gd/Q1rt0R shortly after Joe's death.

Last night NBC News 10 in Providence said the cause of death has not been determined:

Officials say he suffered a medical emergency during a workout on Monday and was transported to South County Hospital. Doctors then transferred him to Rhode Island Hospital where he died on Thursday.

Ginger Ballou October 28, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Joey played Hockey from age 8 with my son, Cody, up through their Championship at Amity in 08. My other son, Ted, had the privelege of playing Amity Baseball with him. I myself loved that kid and if you could make a perfect kid from scratch it would be Joey. He was warm, talented, unassuming, modest, loving, handsome and gracious. He was a phenomenal pitcher and when Joey took the mound you felt comforted. He pitched right and batted left. He was also a phenomenal hitter good for double, triples, almost everytime. My son succeeded him as Amity's 2011 Captain, and Joey couldn't wait to tell us he'd been nominated. He was truly happy for Ted. Joey was the perfect kid. My Faith is shaken.

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