25-year-old dies from a heart attack during Broad Street Run

Kim Glovas
May 06, 2019 - 3:23 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An athletic trainer from Upper Darby High School died during the Broad Street Run on Sunday.

The school district released a statement saying 25-year-old Brian Smart of Hatboro suffered a heart attack during the race and died. 

More information will be released as the district receives it. 

Smart's father asked Upper Darby athletic director Frank Nunan to pass along a statement: "It is obvious that Brian was beloved by the students that he worked with, and we've been receiving messages all morning about his passing," read a statement posted by the district.

"Please join the entire Upper Darby School District community in extending our thoughts and prayers to Brian Smart’s family during this time."

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that, during yesterday's Broad Street Run, UDHS athletic trainer Brian Smart suffered a heart attack and passed away. Brian’s father asked our athletic director to pass along the following words: "Mr. Nunan, Thank you very much for such kind words and your prayers. The world certainly lost a good one yesterday… Brian really enjoyed working in UD…working with you and the students of Upper Darby." It is obvious that Brian was beloved by the students that he worked with, and we've been receiving messages all morning about his passing. More information will be made available as it is known about future services for those who wish to pay their respects, but, until then, please join the entire Upper Darby School District community in extending our thoughts and prayers to Brian Smart’s family during this time.

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"He was a good runner and in great shape," Nunan said. "His brother-in-law told me that they did work on him — the Philadelphia paramedics — and they took him to the hospital and couldn't revive him."

The school district added that Smart, an alumnus of Temple University, was loved by the students he worked with, and the district has been receiving messages all day about his death. 

Nunan added that students have created a memorial outside of Smart's office with flowers, notes and drawings. 

"The students have mentioned in all their letters and posts out here just how personable he was to them," he said. "He didn't just care about their injury — he cared about them. He was motivating them for the next contest, and he reached them."

Smart — who had just moved into a Horsham apartment in March with his fiancee — is the third and youngest person to die in the 10-mile race since it began in 1980. 

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.