Tributes paid after death of former Fridley High School track and football star

A fundraiser has been launched for Ben Zayzay.
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Tributes have been paid following the death of a former student and football player of Fridley High School.

Ben Zayzay, of Brooklyn Park, died last Saturday by suicide.

He was part of the Fridley High School class of 2018, where he played as a defensive back in the football team as well as being on the wrestling and track teams.

Fridley Football paid tribute this week on its Facebook page, calling it a "very sad day in Tiger nation," saying Zayzay "influenced many lives" during his time at high school.

Zayzay was attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he's also a member of the football team.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Black Student Union described ZayZay as a "happy, loving and super funny man that impacted many and was someone you could always depend on."

"He worked hard in everything he did, he was a track star and amazing football player all through out high school and continued that legacy in his freshman year here at UWRF with football."

A fundraiser has been launched on GoFundMe to help his family with the funeral expenses.

"Ben was an amazing man and deserves a huge celebration of his life," TerriAnn Johnson, who created the campaign, wrote.

"His family has been working hard to piece everything together but I would like to ask for help from anyone else. Just to ease their minds a little and to provide them with the things they are going to need."

The campaign has so far raised a little over $4,000 since it was started earlier this week.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available

The national network is available to help anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress with free and confidential emotional support.

It's available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. If you or anyone is in need of support, please call 1-800-273-8255.

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