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    Young Canadian Reporter Dies Suddenly and Unexpectedly from ‘Heart Defect’

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    A Canadian journalist, age 24, has passed away from what has been characterized as congenital cardiac disease.

    According to On the Record, Matthew Rodrigopulle, who worked for Global Regina in Saskatchewan, passed away on September 4.

    Rodrigopulle graduated in 2020 from the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University.

    In 2020, Rodrigopulle served as a reporter for On the Record, the student magazine of the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University, and as a teaching assistant in 2021-2022.

    Talia Ricci, who worked with Rodrigopulle and is now a CBC reporter, remarked, “He was so kind and caring with the students.”

    “I have no doubt he would have had a long career as an amazing storyteller.”

    Journalism professor Janice Neil said Rodrigopulle “brought a real keenness and a real eagerness to do the work.”

    “I am not a natural audience for sports journalism, but he produced real storytelling,” she said.

    She said teaching Rodrigopulle was “just incredibly rewarding because he was just really engaged with learning and wanting to improve his work. He knew where he wanted to go.”

    Rodrigopulle had most recently worked for Global Regina, a Saskatchewan-based Canadian news outlet.

    Global Regina anchor Kimberley Fowler remembered how Rodrigopulle desired to be the best-dressed reporter in Regina.

    “Matthew had a lot to offer, not only to our viewers but the journalism scene here in Canada,” Fowler said in a tearful video clip posted to Twitter by Global Regina.

    According to a memorial posted on the website MyTributeGift, which solicited donations for Rodrigopulle’s family, Rodrigopulle’s faith played an essential role in his life.

    “He was a miracle child, ordained and consecrated by Christ, with an unusual favor and anointing from above,” the tribute said.

    “Matthew knew Christ personally and walked earnestly with Him throughout his life. He was a servant of God who used his God-given gifts to serve the Church in various ways. His character cannot be summed up in words, but he was Christ-like and united people.”

    “His life will have a lasting impact on every person who had the pleasure of knowing him, and many generations to come,” the tribute said.

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