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Posted: July 23rd, 2012
OTTERS UPDATE: Ftorek, Otters family reeling from Anna Ftorek’s passing

Sherry Bassin, Erie Otters managing partner and general manager, confirmed that Anna Ftorek, youngest child of Otters coach Robbie Ftorek, died unexpectedly Saturday in New Hampshire. She was 23 years old. Bassin said she collapsed on the patio at the family’s home Saturday afternoon. Bassin said an autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.
“This is an absolute tragedy,” Bassin said Monday. “There is no justice here. There’s no sense of fairness here for such a young, vibrant woman. She was so full of life. … It’s more than devastating to the (Ftorek) family. It’s absolutely devastating to the Erie Otter family.”
Bassin said he spoke with Anna Ftorek many times since Robbie Ftorek joined the Otters as coach in October 2007. Bassin last spoke with her at the end of the 2011-12 season. Bassin said she hugged him and spoke glowingly of the young, rebuilding team’s bright future.
“God didn’t make them much better than that young girl,” Bassin said. “I can’t begin to imagine how they feel. … It’s a sad, sad time.”
Bassin said funeral arrangements were being made Monday in New Hampshire.

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