Breaking News: Ty Pozzobon passes away at age 25

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Just In... Adam Clarke on his Facebook Page posted this info:

The Celebration of Ty Pozzobon Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Civic Centre in Merritt, B.C.

Riders are sporting Pozzy 23 patches tonight in honor of Ty Pozzobon. #PBR

Thanks Adam Clarke for the touching words of tribute 

Honoring the life of professional bull rider, Ty Pozzobon, through 7 years of photos while on the PBR tour. Thank You Andy Watson & Bull Stock Media for this touching tribute 

Thanks to Tyson Durfey for this moving tribute to Ty Pozzbon 

Pozzobon family donates famed bull rider’s brain to science

By Cole Wagner on January 13, 2017

Ty Pozzobon competes at the 2014 Calgary Stampede. (Photo contributed).

From tragedy comes opportunity.

And for Merritt’s favourite son, known throughout his life for his caring nature, one final chance to make a difference in the lives of those he left behind.

The Nicola Valley and the rodeo community were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of 25-year-old Ty Pozzobon on Jan. 9, but the bull riding champion’s family and friends may take some solace in knowing that he may one day contribute to a better understanding of traumatic brain injuries.

The Pozzobon family announced via a press release that Ty’s brain will be donated to a team working with leading experts, scientists, medical professionals and medical centres to analyze the correlation between traumatic brain injury, concussions and depression.

Pozzobon was found deceased at his home 25 kilometres west of Merritt on Jan. 9. Police are not considering the death suspicious.

“It’s important that people know about the implications of head injuries as a result of concussions,” said Ty’s mother, Leanne Pozzobon.

Nucleus Bio, a medical research start-up company based out of Vancouver, is facilitating the donation from the Pozzobon family to a concussion research team from the University of Washington.

“This is a new field that is emerging at a frenetic pace,” said Savage of ongoing research into concussions and CTE. “The problem is that the brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body and we know little about it.”

The knowledge obtained through the study of Pozzobon’s brain will be used to pursue “ground breaking initiatives… to advance the ability to image, diagnose and track traumatic brain injury through the cascade of events that may lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy ‘CTE,’” explained Price in the release.

“We are grateful to be working with the Pozzobon family,” Sandy Price, a representative from Nucleus Bio, stated in a press release on Jan. 13.

According to information on the Concussion Legacy Foundation website, CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain, which can develop as a result of repetitive brain trauma. Symptoms can include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, depression and progressive dementia. Currently, CTE can only be diagnosed after death by brain tissue analysis.

Pozzobon was a gifted bull rider who suffered his fair share of injuries throughout his career, including multiple concussions.

In Louisville, Ky. in 2013, Ty knocked out by a bull called Carolina Kicker. A year later, in Saskatoon, a bull called Boot Strap Bill smashed Pozzobon’s helmet to pieces after bucking the rider off at the buzzer, then kicked Pozzobon’s unprotected head again as he lay prone with the bull bucking around him.

Because Pozzobon was such a successful rider, many of his injuries came while the cameras were rolling at high profile rodeo events — which means researchers can compare footage of potential concussions with the data gleaned from the tissue samples, explained Michael Savage, a representative for Nucleus Bio.

Though research into CTE is still in its “infancy,” as Savage described, donations such as Pozzobons’ go a long way for researchers aiming to learn more about the degenerative disease.

“This is very unique — this is the first professional bull rider’s brain that the research team is going to receive. That, along with family data, the medical workups that have been done, and the visual data from the videos will be very beneficial to help them isolate where and what part of Ty’s brain were damaged and where to focus the efforts.” said Savage. “It is sad, and it is tragic… And the mechanism to make this [donation] happen is not very well known. This is the first time I’ve been thrust into a position to do this.”

The funeral service for Ty will be held at the Merritt Civic Centre on Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rider Relief Fund, a non-profit foundation that provides financial assistance to people injured through bull riding.

  • Mother of Ty Pozzobon says concussion-related depression a factor in his death

Repeated concussions suffered by the star cowboy may have led to permanent brain changes, says expert

By Karin Larsen, CBC News Posted: Jan 12, 2017 12:42 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017 2:42 PM PT

 

 

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Karin Larsen is a former Olympian and award winning sports broadcaster covering BC teams and athletes for 25 years.

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From all outward appearances, Ty Pozzobon had everything to live for.

Young, handsome, by all accounts a great guy with a kind heart who also happened to be one of the fastest rising stars in the rodeo world. 

But on Monday, the 25-year-old's body was found near his Merritt, B.C., home. The B.C. Coroners Service says his "sudden death... has been determined to be non-suspicious in nature." 

The Pozzobon family released a statement which did not reveal specific details but did include a cryptic quote from his mother, Leanne:

"It's important that people know about the implications of head injures as the result of concussion."

Family spokeswoman Gail Joe told CBC News that Leanne Pozzobon wants people to be aware of the connection between concussion and mental illness before it's too late.

Ty Pozzobon's death has been confirmed as a suicide.

Samples of his brain tissue have been collected by concussion researchers.

Numerous concussions

Joe said she didn't know how many concussions Pozzonbon had suffered in his bull-riding career but that they were "numerous."

Video of Pozzobon being knocked out or having his helmet smashed and head kicked by a bull is easy to find on the internet.

Concussion researcher Dr. Charles Tator told CBC news it's now well known that repeated concussions can lead to mental health problems. 

"In post-concussion syndrome, the incidence of depression is very high, like 40 per cent. The same is true of anxiety," he said. "It's the brain changes that occur as a result of repetitive concussion that produce the depression and the anxiety."

The Professional Bull Riders have a concussion protocol which requires riders who suffer a concussion to be cleared before returning to competition. But Dr. Tandy Freeman, a long time physician with the PBR, says the protocol does not take into account repetitive concussions.

"No, we don't have a different protocol for people who have had previous concussion," he told CBC News from his office in Dallas, Texas. 

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Freeman also says helmets, which were introduced to the PBR in 2012, don't prevent concussions. 

"The primary mechanism of concussion is acceleration and deceleration or rotational force — in other words it's what happens to the brain inside the skull as a result of changes of direction," he said.

Cowboy tough

There is an intrinsic pressure in the sport for athletes to compete despite injuries because if they're not riding, they're not getting paid. 

As well, in a sport defined by the seemingly superhuman toughness of cowboys who battle 900 kilogram bulls for a living, playing hurt is just part of the game. 

Pozzobon was celebrated in November for placing fourth at the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, despite riding with multiple injuries, including a broken wrist. He had also sustained a collapsed lung and broken femur in recent years, along with the head injuries and concussions.

Tator says people need to be aware that post-concussion syndrome anxiety and depression are treatable.

"That's one of the strong messages we want to get out there. They shouldn't be silent sufferers. They can be helped," he said. 

A memorial service for Pozzobon will take place Saturday at the Merritt Civic Centre. 

Where to get help

If you're worried someone you know may be at risk of suicide, you should talk to them, says the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention.

Find a 24-hour crisis centre.

Here are some warning signs: 

  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Purposelessness.
  • Anxiety.
  • Feeling trapped.
  • Hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Withdrawal.
  • Anger.
  • Recklessness.
  • Mood changes.

 

Merritt Bull Rider Ty Pozzobon dies at the age of 25

By Earl Seitz

January 9, 2017 - 6:19pm

 

KAMLOOPS — Well known Merritt Bull Rider Ty Pozzobon has died at the age of 25.

Pozzobon passed away suddenly on Monday.

He was a Pro Bullriders Canada champion, a four time PBR World Finals qualifier and had qualified three times for the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Pozzobon had also hosted the Ty Pozzobon Invitational PBR in his hometown of Merritt from 2013 to 2015.

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association  released this statement earlier this evening:

Family say Pozzobon was suffering from concussions, depression when he died

MEGHAN POTKINS, CALGARY HERALD
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Published on: January 11, 2017 | Last Updated: January 11, 2017 1:59 PM MST

Family of champion bull rider Ty Pozzobon said the 25-year-old was suffering the effects of a number of concussions and was grappling with depression when he died suddenly Monday.

The young rodeo athlete was found dead at this Merritt B.C. home Monday morning by his mother and a family friend in circumstances that investigators are calling non-suspicious.

“He had a number of concussions over the past couple of years. And that was contributing to his depression that he had,” said family friend Gail Joe, who was present when Pozzobon was discovered Monday.

“It came as a shock to everybody simply because although the family knew he was suffering depression and anxiety, he was still moving forward day-to-day, making plans, making coffee dates, signing contracts,” she told Postmedia. 

“(Then) it all came tumbling down.”

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Pozzobon was a decorated bull rider, the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Canada champion and four-time PBR world finalist. He had also been suffering from a number of concussions in recent years, for which he had been seeking medical treatment, family say.

“It’s important that people know about the implications of head injuries as a result of concussions,” Ty’s mother, Leanne Pozzobon said in a statement Tuesday.

At the time of his death, Pozzobon was visiting family and his property in Merritt, with plans to return to Texas, where his wife lives and where he spent most of his time.

More to come…

Family issues statement on Pozzobon's passing

January 10, 2017 · 7:45 PM  

Shocked residents of the Nicola Valley, along with the entire rodeo world, are mourning the sudden and tragic loss of Merritt hometown boy and celebrated professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon.

The 25-year-old Pozzobon passed away at his home 25 kilometres west of Merritt on Monday afternoon.

Pozzobon, a graduate of Merritt Secondary School and anoutstanding all-around athlete, had gained world-renown in recent years as a result of his tremendous success on the Canadian and Built Ford Tough professional bull-riding circuits. In 2016 alone, Pozzobon was the winner of the PBR Canada title, and a fourth-place finisher at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas in November.

Ty Pozzobon was the only son of parents Luke and Leanne. He also leaves behind his sister, Amy, and his wife, Jayd, along with numerous other relatives and close friends.

The Pozzobon family has stated that funeral arrangements are currently being made, and details will be announced in due course. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rider Relief Fund at www.riderrelief.org.

“It’s important that people know about the implications of head injuries as a result of concussions,” stated Leanne Pozzobon.

From 2013 to 2015, the Pozzobon family hosted the Ty Pozzobon Invitational bull-riding event in Merritt.

It attracted some of the world’stop cowboys.

 

UPDATED: Ty Pozzobon dies at 25

 Adam Williams

 

  January 10, 2017

 

Merritt-based professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon died suddenly on Monday.

He was 25 years old.

“Everybody knew Ty,” said Steven Puhallo, the president of the Farm Kids Fund, which annually hosts the New Year’s Eve Bullarama fundraiser at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere, and the executive director of Kamloops’ North Shore Business Improvement Association.

Ty and his father, Luke, were instrumental in helping Puhallo get the Bullarama off the ground, lending their services as owners of Pozzobon Bucking Bulls, a family owned and operated herd started in 2010.

“He was just a class act of a guy and a real champion, both in the arena and out,” Puhallo continued.

“One of the things in the rodeo community, growing up in it, you’re everybody’s nephew, or older brother, or younger brother, or cousin.

“It’s like losing a family member for a lot of people. I can’t begin to understand what Luke and Leanne and Amy are going through, having lost a brother and a son.”

In addition to Luke, Ty leaves behind his mother, Leanne, and one sister, Amy. He was married, with no children.

Merritt RCMP confirmed on Tuesday that Ty was found deceased on Monday morning. The death is not considered to be suspicious and the investigation has been turned over to the BC Coroners Service.

Ranked 23rd this season on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit, Ty had 14 career top 10 finishes on the circuit, with career earnings of more than $250,000. The eight-year pro was a regular at the Calgary Stampede, the Canadian Finals Rodeo and was the 2016 PBR Canada champion. He had 71 qualified rides on the Built Ford Tough Series after debuting in 2011.

Ty was a four-time world finalist and finished fourth at the World PBR Finals in Las Vegas in November 2016. He won a national high school title in 2009 — he was a graduate of Merritt Secondary School — and was the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association rookie of the year in 2010.

From 2013 to 2015, he and his family hosted the Ty Pozzobon Invitational in Merritt. Ty was well known for being a kind and helpful man and was widely considered the best bull rider in Canada. He was expected to challenge for a world title in 2017.

“Ty was the type of guy who would stop and take 10 or 15 minutes to help a young, new guy, whatever his level of competition,” Puhallo said.

“When you’re around the ranching and rodeo communities, you always feel like you’ve known everyone your whole life. It’s a pretty big vacancy in a lot of peoples’ hearts.”

According to The Merritt Herald, in December, Merritt city council was mulling the possibility of adding “Home of professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon” to the city’s three welcome signs.

There was an outpouring of grief on social media in the hours after his death.

“Lost a great athlete today. I had the privilege of calling him my friend,” fellow PBR rider Bryan Titman said on Twitter.

“We sure are going to miss you buddy.”

Condolences spread beyond the rodeo world.

“Ty Pozzobon was a rising star in rodeo and a proud son of #Merritt,” BC Premier Christy Clark said on Twitter.

“Absolutely tragic to see him gone so young.”

PBR will recognize and celebrate Ty’s life beginning this weekend at an event in Chicago.

“Ty Pozzobon was a cowboy through and through and loved being a professional bull rider,” Sean Gleason, the CEO of PBR, said.

“His infectious personality and enthusiasm for doing what he loved touched many of us and we will remember him always.”

With files from The Merritt Herald

 

Rodeo community rocked by sudden death of young star Ty Pozzobon

Posted Jan 10, 2017 1:25 pm MST

Last Updated Jan 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm MST

Ty Pozzobon (Twitter - @PonokaStampede)

Tributes have been pouring in for Ty Pozzobon, the bull riding star from Merritt, B.C., after the tragic news that he has suddenly passed away at the age of 25.

His family made the announcement of death on Monday morning, although a cause of death has not been released.

Pozzobon was one of the sports strongest young competitors, having won the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Canada title, along with being a four-time finalist.

Bull Riders Canada President Russell Friend first met Pozzobon around 10 years ago and said his natural talent and work ethic showed he was going to be a star.

“Shock and sadness,” Friend said of his feelings. “At a very early age, he could ride bulls that a lot of more experienced, older riders couldn’t, he had a lot of talent.”

Friend said on and off the field, Pozzobon was a good soul who gained the respect of his peers by how seriously he took his job.

“He was investing his winnings into a business, in a western lifestyle to have sources of income when the bull riding was over,” he said.

Pro Rodeo Canada said on its website that Pozzobon was a talent that comes along very seldom in the sport.

“The ever-ready Pozzy grin, the endless love and devotion to family and friends, his ability to pick up the spirits of those around him-those are special talents-as great, and maybe even greater, than his superstar ability to ride the rankest bulls in the industry,” the statement said.

Pozzobon made some news at the Calgary Stampede last year when some of his equipment was stolen and other riders stepped in to help before it was returned by a Good Samaritan.

“Ty didn’t have to ask, there was a lineup of guys that would donate a rope or a glove or a spur,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ty’s family.”

Canada's top bull rider Ty Pozzobon of Merritt dies at 25

GORDON MCINTYRE

Published: January 09, 2017

Updated: January 11, 2017 9:43 AM

Ty Pozzobon, aboard Bone Handle, competes in Round 1 of the Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Invitational in New York's Madison Square Garden, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Canadian bull rider Pozzobon has died at age 25. No cause of death was given by Pro Rodeo Canada in a statement posted on its website, saying only that Pozzobon's death Monday was a "tragic loss."PHOTO BY RICHARD DREW

Ty Pozzobon rode bulls with names like Back Bender, Carolina Kicker and Boot Strap Bill.

On Monday afternoon, the 25-year-old Canadian bull-riding champ was found dead 25 kilometres west of his hometown of Merritt, his family said.

No cause of death was released by Merritt RCMP, but they do not consider the death to be suspicious and have passed along the case to the B.C. Coroners Service.

“He was good people,” his father Luke told Postmedia. “There wasn’t a mean bone in his body. Worried about everybody else, not himself.”

Pozzobon, based in Texas during the U.S. bull-riding season, was recovering from a broken hand and in Merritt visiting and working with his 30-odd bucking bulls on the family ranch.

Like all bull riders, Pozzobon was often injured, having sustained concussions and broken bones.

His most recent concussion seemed to be severe, Merritt Mayor Neil Menard said.

“He was a very upbeat, selfless. Ty would brighten the outlook of those around him,” Menard said. “And he loved riding bulls. He rode with all kinds of injuries, sometimes — in my opinion — when he shouldn’t have.”

In 2013, Carolina Kicker knocked him out in Louisville, Ky.

In late 2014, Boot Strap Bill smashed Pozzobon’s helmet to pieces in Saskatoon with a kick to the head after bucking the rider off at the buzzer, then kicking Pozzobon’s unprotected head again as he lay prone with the bull bucking and dancing around him.

“It’s important that people know about the implications of head injuries as a result of concussions,” said his mother Leanne.

Pro Rodeo Canada said Pozzobon was a talent who comes along very seldom in any sport.

“And while all of us mourn the loss of one of our sport’s brightest stars, we are painfully aware that we have also lost one of the truly genuine people in this or any sport,” the organization said on its website.

“The ever-ready Pozzy grin, the endless love and devotion to family and friends, his ability to pick up the spirits of those around him — those are special talents — as great, and maybe even greater, than his superstar ability to ride the rankest bulls in the industry.”

A four-time Pro Bull Riders finalist who earned more than US $250,000 on the circuit, the Merritt secondary grad won the PBR Canada championship in 2016 and finished fourth at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas in November, despite riding with a broken hand.

He had begun competing in sanctioned Canadian events in 2010 before heading to the U.S. to compete full time in 2011, according to PBR.

On an April 2015, ShawTV broadcast, Pozzobon credited growing up watching his dad and uncle ride bulls for his interest in the sport.

“I knew at a really young age I was going to be a bull rider,” Pozzobon, a talented goalie who turned down a hockey scholarship in order to ride bulls, said. “I love the sport. I think about bull riding all day, every day.”

He was a two-time runner-up at the Calgary Stampede, where last year his gear was stolen from his truck, only to be discovered by a Good Samaritan and returned.

Pozzobon also hosted invitational bull-riding events in Merritt and a bull-riding camp in the Nicola Valley.

Last week Alpha Bull, a promotions company aiming to expand the base of bull-riding fans into urban areas, announced a sponsorship deal with Pozzobon and predicted the Merritt native would contend for the PBR world title this year.

Calgary-based Alpha Bull president Chad Besplug was scheduled to fly to the Interior Tuesday evening, then travel to Merritt on Wednesday.

The North American rodeo community and friends of the Pozzobon family took to social media to express their grief and shock.

“It was, still is, one of those things you can’t really wrap your mind around,” said Shawn Best when contacted by phone.

Best, a 31-year-old bull rider from Omak, Wash., counted Pozzobon as a friend.

“He wouldn’t walk away from anybody, he wouldn’t turn his back on anybody, from kids to adults,” Best said. “He made you feel better about where you were at.

“Given the sport and how dangerous the sport is, he was one of those guys who kind of made everything go away, pretty much cleared the air just by being there and made you feel more confident about yourself.”

Pozzobon is survived by his parents Luke and Leanne, his sister Amy and his wife Jayd.

With a file from Stephanie Ip

Professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon dies at 25

Pozzobon was the PBR Canada champion in 2016 and often competed in the United States.

Kelsey Bradshaw | January 10, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 23: Professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon arrives at the second round of the Professional Bull Rider's Built Ford Tough World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 23, 2014 in Las

Ty Pozzobon, a 25-year-old professional bull rider who frequently visited Texas, passed away Monday, officials confirmed to the Merritt Herald.

Pozzobon, who is a native of Merritt, British Columbia, was a professional bull rider for eight years, according to the Professional Bull Riders website.

The bull rider's death is not being considered suspicious, according to the Herald report, and police are turning over the investigation to the the coroner.

“Ty Pozzobon was a cowboy through and through and loved being a professional bull rider,” said Sean Gleason, PBR CEO in a statement. “His infectious personality and enthusiasm for doing what he loved touched so many of us, and we will remember him always.”

Won the 1st round in San Antonio good to be back!

Posted by Ty Pozzobon on Friday, February 19, 2016

Pozzobon's last competitive trip to Texas was in September 2016, when he rode in the Fredericksburg, TX PBR Touring Pro Division, according to PBR. 

In February 2016, Pozzobon posted a video on Facebook from his recent visit to San Antonio, where he celebrated his performance in the first round of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

Pozzobon was the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Canada champion and four-time PBR world finalist, the Calgary Sun reported. The cause of his death has not been released.

kbradshaw@express-news.net

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and the entire Canadian rodeo and bull riding community is deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Ty Pozzobon earlier today at the age of twenty-five years.

Ty was a talent that comes along very seldom in any sport. The Merritt, BC native was a three-time CFR qualifier, the 2016 PBR Canada champion and a four time PBR World finalist. And while all of us mourn the loss of one of our sport’s brightest stars, we are painfully aware that we have also lost one of the truly genuine people in this or any sport. The ever-ready Pozzy grin, the endless love and devotion to family and friends, his ability to pick up the spirits of those around him—those are special talents—as great, and maybe even greater, than his superstar ability to ride the rankest bulls in the industry.

To his family and friends, all of us who had the privilege of knowing Ty extend our most sincere condolences. With heavy hearts we say farewell to an outstanding bull rider who made our sport better and an amazing man who made our lives better.

PBR MOURNS THE LOSS OF TY POZZOBON

By: PBR January 10, 2017@ 10:00:00 AM

 

PUEBLO, Colo. - The PBR family is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ty Pozzobon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pozzobon family and all of Ty’s extended family and friends.

The 25-year-old was a seven-year PBR veteran with 71 qualified rides on the Built Ford Tough Series after first debuting on the BFTS in 2011. The Merritt, British Columbia, bull rider first started riding in PBR Canada-sanctioned events in 2010 and went on to compete full time in the United States in 2011.

Pozzobon – the 2016 PBR Canada Champion – qualified for the PBR World Finals four times and was set to return to PBR competition in 2017 following a career-best fourth-place finish at the 2016 PBR World Finals. Pozzobon set a career-high with an 89.5-point ride on Big Cat during Round 2 of the World Finals this past November.

“Ty Pozzobon was a cowboy through and through and loved being a professional bull rider,” said Sean Gleason, CEO, PBR. “His infectious personality and enthusiasm for doing what he loved touched so many of us, and we will remember him always.”

PBR will recognize and celebrate Ty’s life beginning this weekend in Chicago.

Funeral arrangements are pending

© 2017 PBR Inc. All rights reserved.

Champion bull rider from B.C. passes away at age 25

2016 Canadian champion Ty Pozzobon was considered one of the best in the world

By Karin Larsen, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2017 9:07 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017 10:03 AM PT

Merritt, B.C., bull rider Ty Pozzobon has died at age 25. (Richard Drew/Associated Press) 

 

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Rodeo fans are mourning the death of champion bull rider Ty Pozzobon.

The 25-year-old from Merritt, B.C. passed away suddenly Monday morning. The cause of death has not been revealed.

"It's a shock," said family friend Ed Lebourdais.

"For B.C., we're not going to see another Ty Pozzobon for a number of years — what the guy did was just that good. He pushed himself to be the best."

Pozzobon was the 2016 Pro Bull Riders Canada champion, and finished fourth at the 2016 Professional Bull Riders world finals in Las Vegas in November.

Rodeo community mourns death of young bull rider Ty Pozzobon 

 

MEGHAN POTKINS, POSTMEDIA NEWS

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017 10:02 AM MST | UPDATED: TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017 12:17 PM MST

Ty Pozzobon of Merritt, British Columbia is pictured in this file photo from 2014.

One of Canada’s star bull riders, well known in rodeo circles on both sides of the border, died suddenly yesterday at age 25.

Ty Pozzobon, the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Canada champion and four-time PBR World finalist, passed away Monday morning, family confirmed.

Pozzobon came from a decorated rodeo family in Merritt, B.C., and his father, Luke, said Tuesday that he’ll miss “everything” about his son.

“He was good people,” Luke Pozzobon said. “There wasn’t a mean bone in his body. Worried about everybody else, not himself.”

Pozzobon had been in Merritt visiting family and working with his cattle while resting up a hand injury he sustained before the 2016 World Finals.

The champion bull rider, who split his time between Texas and B.C., was married with no children. The cause of his death has not yet been released.

A short statement on Elite Rodeo Athletes said “thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends” of Pozzobon.

“He will be truly missed by the entire rodeo community.”

Also, a statement from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association said the bull riding community is “deeply saddened by his death.”

Pozzobon had 14 top 10 finishes on the Professional Bull Riding circuit, with career earnings of more than $250,000. He was a three-time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier, the 2016 Canadian Professional Bull Riders champion and a four-time world finalist.

Pozzobon also made headlines at the 2016 Stampede when his gear was stolen from his parents’ vehicle outside a downtown Calgary restaurant. The rodeo community rallied around him and he was able to compete using gear handed down from a pair of former Canadian bull riding champions, Chad Besplug and Tyler Thomson.

Rodeo family mourns death of Canadian bull riding champion

MEGHAN POTKINS, CALGARY HERALD
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Published on: January 10, 2017 | Last Updated: January 10, 2017 12:33 PM MST

 

Bull rider Ty Pozzobon is thrown off Like Magic at the Calgary Stampede Bull Riding Championship on July 14, 2011. COLLEEN DE NEVE /  POSTMEDIA NETWORK

 

One of Canada’s star bull riders, well known in rodeo circles on both sides of the border, died suddenly yesterday at age 25.

Ty Pozzobon, the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Canada champion and four-time PBR World finalist, passed away Monday morning, family confirmed.

Pozzobon came from a decorated rodeo family in Merritt, B.C., and his father, Luke, said Tuesday that he’ll miss “everything” about his son.

“He was good people,” Luke Pozzobon said. “There wasn’t a mean bone in his body. Worried about everybody else, not himself.”

Pozzobon had been in Merritt visiting family and working with his cattle while resting up a hand injury he sustained before the 2016 World Finals.

The champion bull rider, who split his time between Texas and B.C., was married with no children.  The cause of his death has not yet been released.

A short post on Elite Rodeo Athletes said “thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends” of Pozzobon.

“He will be truly missed by the entire rodeo community.”

Also, a statement from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association said the bull riding community is “deeply saddened by his death.”

Pozzobon had 14 top 10 finishes on the Professional Bull Riding circuit, with career earnings of more than $250,000. He was a three-time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier, the 2016 Canadian Professional Bull Riders champion and a four-time world finalist.

Pozzobon also made headlines at the 2016 Stampede when his gear was stolen from his parents’ vehicle outside a downtown Calgary restaurant. The rodeo community rallied around him and he was able to compete using gear handed down from a pair of former Canadian bull riding champions, Chad Besplug and Tyler Thomson.