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Jack Hatton, one of America’s top judo stars, has died at the age of 24. Hatton’s death was first announced on September 24 in an article on Judo Inside’s website. His death comes five days after his 24th birthday.
According to Hatton’s International Judo Federation profile, he competed at the
Montreal Grand Prix in July 2019 where he finished in fifth place. In August 2019, Hatton placed in third at the PanAmerican Championships Seniors in Lima, Peru.
Pedro’s Judo Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts, paid tribute to Hatton on their Facebook page in a post that read, “Along with being a top US Judo athlete, Jack was kind-hearted, caring and an all-around great person. He was a true role model for students at our dojo and judoka all over the country.” The post also said, “If you or a loved one is struggling with depression or their mental health, please seek help by calling 1-800-273-8255 or speak to someone.” On his official Team USA profile, Hatton’s coach is listed as Jimmy Pedro of Pedro’s Judo Center. That profile gives Hatton’s hometown as Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Fellow judoka wrote in a tribute, “😢😞 My brother I will miss you so much ! Love you brother! R.I.P.”
On his LinkedIn page, Hatton described himself as an “Olympic contender for Tokyo 2020. At the time of his death, Hatton had been a teacher at Saratoga Judo Inc. in Greenfield, New York.
According to his Facebook page, Hatton attended Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake Senior High School in Burnt Hills, New York. The last publicly viewable post on that page saw Hatton sharing a post which said that Hatton had moved into the Olympic Qualification Zone.
More to follow…