Shanice Alexandra Clark
Born: October 3, 1993 (Jamaica)
Died: January 18, 2015 (California, Pennsylvania)
Shanice Clark, a basketball forward with the varsity California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans, was found unresponsive in her dormitory apartment shortly before dying in hospital. The student athlete from Toronto was 21.
Clark was majoring in communication studies in radio and television. She was a redshirted athlete in her senior year. She played in 24 games as a reserve for the Vulcans in 2013-14. She averaged 2.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in nine minutes per game.
Clark transferred to Cal U after completing a two-year program at Santa Fe College at Gainesville, Fla. She played basketball for the school’s Santa Fe Saints.
The 6-foot athlete was raised by a single mother, Kashaeka Fearon, in the Orton Park neighbourhood in Scarborough. She was named most valuable player on her high school team, the Colts of Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute. She was known for a bubbly personality and for a unique fashion sense. She leaves her mother, a sister, a grandmother, and her father, Trevor Clarke.
Police said they were alerted after a roommate found Clark had fallen off her bed. A preliminary report from medical personnel indicates she might have aspirated in her sleep on chewing gum.