Not long ago, professional volleyball player Eric Zaun posted on social media that “June is gonna be a good month.” The 25-year-old was at the top of his game and was seemingly looking to take it to the next level with that Instagram post. Unfortunately, we will never know what that volleyball career will look like.
Eric Zaun, the 2017 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Rookie of the Year, has died after jumping from the window of his hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. According to PEOPLE, via Atlantic City Police Department Sergeant Kevin Fair, Zaun’s body was found in the parking lot of the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa.
A report from detectives indicates Zaun’s hotel room was on the 29th floor, according to News 12 New Jersey. The news outlet also indicated Zaun’s death is an apparent suicide.
This is so incredibly sad to hear. One of the most talented young beach players is gone.
“The AVP is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Eric Zaun. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. He will be deeply missed.”
A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Eric Zaun attended Limestone College in South Carolina, according to his AVP profile. He was an outside hitter for the men’s indoor team, moved to Florida and then to Southern California to begin his professional career as a beach volleyball player.
“I love the culture and the lifestyle associated with beach volleyball,” Zaun said in an interview with Volleyballmag.com in 2017. “It’s great to be able to travel around the country to different beaches and locations doing what you love.”
The entire volleyball community is mourning after this huge loss. RIP Eric Zaun.