Nicole Sivyer was a bright and talented student, athlete and leader who died of a heart attack on August 8, 2015, while on vacation in Truckee, California. She was 21 years old and had just been admitted to the law school at Florida State University, where she had also excelled in various sports and activities. Her death was a shock and a tragedy for her family, friends and community, who remembered her as a wonderful person with a zest for life.
A Remarkable Life Cut Short
Sivyer was born in Tampa, Florida, on March 25, 1994, to Neal and Carol Sivyer. She had a twin sister, Kelly, and a brother, Brian. She graduated from Plant High School as an honor student, where she was a member of the regional and state champion club soccer team, the district champion basketball team, and the weightlifting team. She also played rugby at FSU, where she was a starter and defensive MVP. She was the president of the FSU Scuba Club and had a passion for marine conservation.
Sivyer was described by her loved ones as a “daughter, sister, friend, teammate” who had a “beautiful smile, infectious laugh, and a heart of gold”. She was adventurous, outgoing, and generous, always willing to help others and make them happy. She had a love for music, animals, and nature, and enjoyed traveling and exploring new places.
A Mysterious and Sudden Death
Sivyer’s death was unexpected and unexplained. She had no known health problems or risk factors for a heart attack. She was on a vacation with her family and friends in Truckee, California, a town near Lake Tahoe. She had spent the day hiking, swimming, and having fun. She went to bed feeling fine, but never woke up. Her family found her unresponsive the next morning and called 911, but it was too late
The cause of Sivyer’s death was determined to be a heart attack, but the reason for it remains unknown. Her family and friends were baffled and devastated by the loss of such a young and healthy person. They wondered if there was anything they could have done to prevent it, or if there were any signs they had missed
A Legacy of Love and Inspiration
Sivyer’s death left a void in the lives of many people who knew and loved her. Her family, friends, classmates, teachers, coaches, and teammates mourned her and honored her memory. They held a celebration of her life at Boza and Roel Funeral Home in Tampa, where they shared stories, photos, and videos of her. They also planted trees in her name, donated to the Coral Reef Alliance, and wore bracelets with her initials.
Sivyer’s death also reminded people of the fragility and preciousness of life, and the importance of living it to the fullest. She had lived a remarkable life in her short time on earth, and had achieved more than most people do in a lifetime. She had pursued her passions, followed her dreams, and made a difference in the world. She had loved and been loved by many. She had left a lasting legacy that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Nicole Sivyer. You have been served well.