Tributes after sudden death of Robbinsdale high school football coach

Andrew Ariegwe, 27, was a football coach at Robbinsdale Cooper High School.
Andrew Ariegwe with fiancee Niccole Dal Monte and their two children.

Andrew Ariegwe with fiancee Niccole Dal Monte and their two children.

Tributes are being paid following the unexpected death of a young Robbinsdale football coach over the weekend.

According to a GoFundMe page, Andrew Ariegwe, 27, died on Saturday. He is listed as the 9th grade offensive and defensive line coach at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, and also worked as a strength and conditioning coach part-time for Minneapolis Warriors minor league football team.

Ariegwe was a father of two and was engaged to Niccole Dal Monte, whom he was due to marry in just three weeks' time.

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In recent days on Facebook, Ariegwe posted that he needed a series of surgeries including on his heart. However, his family has not confirmed his cause of death.

The GoFundMe was set up by Willie Howard, the head football coach at Cooper High School. Money raised will go to funeral expenses and supporting Ariegwe’s family. As of Monday morning, the fundraiser had reached around $9,200 of its $20,000 goal.

"He would text and call to ask questions about how he can be the perfect husband for his queen," Howard wrote on Facebook.

"He wanted to be the perfect father for his children. When you say family first, we must say Andrew was a walking definition of that. Today we lost a gentle giant they had a heart of love for any and everyone. He woke up every day knowing his why and his purpose, he wanted to make his best better every day, he wanted to lead by example."

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The Minneapolis Warriors have also paid tribute, saying: "He was an incredibly selfless individual with a passion for helping young men improve themselves on and off the field."

Members of the Cooper High School community also gathered at the school Sunday night for a memorial service for Ariegwe, according to KARE 11 photojournalist Dave Peterlinz. 

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