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Junior rugby player found dead in home

27 September 2010 By Lauren Slavin, Senior Editor No Comments
Abe Cahan courtesy of facebook

Abe Cahan courtesy of facebook

Going into their home opener against the University of Maryland Saturday, the Towson Men’s Club Rugby team wasn’t thinking about extending their 13-2 spring season or about the fans outside Burdick Field cheering them on.

The players were remembering one of their own who wouldn’t be playing in the game.

“Everyone on the team knows what happened about Abe, so everyone has it in the back of their mind,” club president Colby Buss said. “So some guys are saying, ‘This is for you Abe, this is your game.’”

Towson University junior Abe Cahan died Thursday, Sept. 23, according to his father. Police were called to Cahan’s Towson Woods apartment at 1:43 p.m. with a report of a possible cardiac arrest, towson.patch.com was told by a police spokesman.

The office of the chief medical examiner of the state of Maryland could not be contacted to determine a cause of death.

Most of the team heard the news later that evening, according to Buss.

“A teammate and I were at the library. A friend texted us saying, ‘Hey, did you hear about Abe?’” Buss said. “We looked on his Facebook. It was, ‘R.I.P this, R.I.P that, miss you, this that.’ Everyone was just like, ‘Abe? Really, Abe?’ You don’t expect it, it’s not something you plan for.”

Abe Cahan’s Facebook profile currently has an info box that reads, “I find it suspicious that I am not dead, but why live unless you’re gonna be a legend? The best of us burn out in flames. The rest of us watch. I absolutely hate everything, but I truly love you all.”

He last updated his page saying he we going to an Oriole’s baseball game with his father on Tuesday.

“He had a lot to live for and a lot of potential that he’ll never get to realize,” Abe Cahan’s father John Cahan of Rodgers Forge, Md., said. “He was a wonderful son and will be very dearly missed.”

The physics and philosophy major was what the club’s coach Don Stone called a fringe player. Abe Cahan attended about half the club’s practices and games during the spring season, and as of the fall he had only watched a few practices. Stone said he assumed Abe Cahan was busy with school.

“Our first contact with Abe is not what we wanted to hear,” Stone said. “He wasn’t really a core rugby player, but as with all of our rugby players he’s walking his own path, he’s doing his own thing. Alone we’re all different guys … but together he was part of our rugby family. Clearly we’re disturbed and bummed that this happened.”

Men's Rugby vs UMD - Christopher Curry/ The Towerlight

Men's Rugby vs UMD - Christopher Curry/ The Towerlight

The 20-year-old was popular on the team, according to Buss, and dozens on his Facebook friends have used his page to express sorrow and sympathy for his death.

“He had fun with us … he was definitely social and everyone was friends with him,” Buss said. “He hung out with a bunch of the guys outside of rugby, so he will definitely be missed.”

Services were held at Sol Levinson and Bros. Funeral Home Sunday in Pikesville, Md. Abe Cahan is survived by mother Hillary Colt Cahan, father John Cahan and sister Becca Cahan.

“It’s always a heartbreaking day when we lose a student,” vice president for student affairs Deb Moriarty said. “My heart goes out not only to the family, but also to the community that was connected to him. They are probably hurting with his loss. Also for his friends, his classmates and students he might have been connected with outside of class.”


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