Studio City News
Student Dies During Swim Practice
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Feb 25, 2013 - 9:20:58 AM

STUDIO CITY—A junior at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City died on Friday, February 22 after suffering from cardiomyopathy and collapsing in the school pool during swim practice. Paramedics were called to the scene and Justin Carr was taken to the Sherman Oaks Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Justin Curr. Photo courtesy of Harvard-Westlake.

"The entire Harvard-Westlake community is mourning the loss of Justin Carr, a beloved friend and student. "Our hearts are broken. Justin had an enormous impact on students and teachers, and he will be missed profoundly," read a statement from the school. Carr's parents were informed of his passing through email by head of the school, Jeanne Huybrechts.

Carr was chosen as the Swimmer of the Meet last season as a member of the junior varsity team at a meet against Agoura High. He was also a Junior Olympic qualified swimmer with Rose Bowl Aquatics.

Carr was announced to be one of 42 students in April selected to become a member of the 2012-2013 Harvard-Westlake Chamber Singers. Carr sang as a tenor and was scheduled to perform in a European tour next month.

In addition, the teenager led the school's Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC) and played a role in getting actor Samuel L. Jackson to speak on campus in honor of Black History Month.

"Justin had an enormous impact on students and teachers, and he will be missed profoundly. Scholar, athlete, singer, actor, ebullient child, he was an extraordinary young man by any measure," said the school's statement.

"Justin's parents have informed the school that the initial autopsy results indicate that Justin suffered from cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle that can result in sudden cardiac arrest."

A school assembly was scheduled for Monday, February 25 at 8 a.m. on Carr's behalf.

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