Remembering Natalie Ratnavira
June 29, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The Wolf Pack family has been deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Nevada soccer player Natalie Ratnavira.
Natalie suffered a brain hemorrhage and passed away on June 23 at the age of 22.
"Natalie's spirit and energy was contagious, and I will always remember how her smile lit up the room. I admired her for standing up for what she believed in, being kind to others, and living life to the fullest. She was loved by her teammates and played soccer with a certain courage and flair that was all her own," said Nevada soccer coach Melissa Price.
"I'm blessed to have known her, and she will be missed beyond measure. On behalf of the Wolf Pack soccer family, our thoughts and prayers go out to Natalie's family and friends, and all who are saddened by her loss."
Natalie's friends have set up a donation fund to help her family pay for her medical bills and contributions can be made online by clicking here or by mail at Gamini & Lisa Ratnavira, 1492 Via Monserate, Fallbrook, CA 92028.
The family held a small private service and the Wolf Pack soccer team held a candlelight vigil for Natalie last week at Mackay Stadium. Her family plans to hold a memorial service for all of her friends and supporters in the future. More information will be posted on NevadaWolfPack.com when it is available.
In addition to being a standout player on the Wolf Pack team, Natalie loved animals and planned on starting a program in wildlife conservation when she finished school. Here is a feature we wrote about Natalie and how she spent one summer.
Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal also ran a great feature about Natalie and the impact she had on the University of Nevada. That story can be read by clicking here.