We are saddened to report that the father of Ryan Villopoto, Dan Villopoto, passed away yesterday from a massive heart attack. “This world we live in is a giving place but at the same time it can be cruel,” Ryan said from his @RyanVillopoto Instagram account. “I spent the last six weeks with my dad day in and day out working and training for the upcoming races overseas. For the first time in a long time it was real again, like when I as young. Love you Dad! You will be sorely missed by all.”

Our deepest condelances go out to Ryan and all of Dan’s friends and family. You can see Ryan’s full heartfelt Instagram post below.