NEWS10 has learned gold medal winning Olympian Jeff Blatnick, of Niskayuna, has died following surgery at a Schenectady hospital.
Blatnick died Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the age of 55 after suffering from cardio-pulmonary arrest during surgery he was undergoing at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.
Blatnick was a former American super heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler and won the wrestling gold in the 1984 Olympics.
The Niskayuna High School graduate became the state heavyweight champion in 1975 and went on to wrestle for Springfield College in Massachusetts. After attending the Olympics, he worked as a commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and most recently was an MMA judge.
He has a park named in his honor in Niskayuna, "Blatnick Park" on River Road.
He was working as a wrestling coach at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and resided in Ballston Lake.
Ellis Medicine extends its deepest sympathy to the Blatnick family and joins the Capital Region and the nation in mourning the loss of a gifted athlete and inspirational human being who was loved and respected around the world.
No other information will be released at the request of the family. The Blatnick's are asking for privacy at this very difficult time.
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