The 17-year-old daughter of Mark Budzinski, the Toronto Blue Jays’ first base coach, died when she fell from a raft into a Virginia river on Saturday and was struck by a boat propeller.
Authorities have not publicly identified the victim, but a 17-year-old girl died Saturday after falling from an inflatable tube into the James River, according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. As her boat turned to catch her, the propeller hit her.
The principal of Glen Allen High School, in Glen Allen, Virginia, announced Sunday that Julia Budzinski had died, and the Blue Jays said Budzinski would be off the team after her daughter’s death.
“Our entire organization feels this devastating loss and we mourn it along with Bud and his family,” general manager Ross Atkins said in a statement.
“I have known Bud for over 25 years and have always admired his commitment as a father and husband first. He is loved and highly respected throughout the clubhouse and he holds a special place in all of our hearts.”
The Blue Jays and visiting Tampa Bay Rays held a moment of silence before Sunday’s game.
A spokesman for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily News on Monday.
Julia played college soccer and college volleyball for the Glen Allen Jaguars and served as vice president of the National Honor Society, according to her school.