Mike Whitmarsh Dead, Pro Beach Volleyball Champion (Photos)

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Olympic silver medalist and pro beach volleyball tour champion Mike Whitmarsh, 46, was found dead at a friend's home in Solana Beach, California on Tuesday morning, February 17.

According to the Medical Examiners Office, he was unresponsive when discovered in the garage of the Shoemaker Lane residence, where he sometimes stayed.  A cause of death has not been released.

He lead the University of San Diego to its first West Coast Conference basketball title in 1984.  The 6'7" star was drafted in the 5th round by the Portland Trailblazers and was picked up briefly by the Minnesota Timberwolves before playing professionally in Germany for 3 years.

Whitmarsh switched to beach volleyball in 1990 and was named AVP Rookie of the Year.   He went on to become one of the top AVP Tour players.   He won silver medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games and at the 1997 L.A. World Championships.

His wife Cindy Whitmarsh, owner of a local fitness and nutrition store, provided the following statement:  "We are all devastated by the passing of Mike.  His family, friends, teammates and colleagues will miss him terribly.  We appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.  It means more than we can express."

More photos below.


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