Sue Candrea fell ill after traveling with team

Updated: July 19, 2004, 2:50 PM ET
Associated Press

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Sue Candrea, the wife of U.S. Olympic softball team coach Mike Candrea, died Sunday of complications from a brain aneurysm she suffered while traveling with the team. She was 48.

As the U.S. team prepared Friday to leave for its final games on a pre-Athens national tour, Sue Candrea became ill at the airport and was taken to a hospital.

She underwent surgery Friday but never recovered.

Mike Candrea stayed behind with his wife while the U.S. team went to Stratford, Conn. The two-time defending Olympic gold medalists swept a doubleheader on Saturday to complete the tour 54-0.

Sue Candrea had traveled with her husband throughout the tour.

"Sue was truly a cherished individual whose love and support of her family and softball touched all she met," said USA Softball director of national teams Ronnie Isham. "Her loss is a tragic one and comes as a shock to all."

The Candreas live in Casa Grande, Ariz. They have two children, a son, Mikel, 24, and daughter, Michelle, 21.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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