A GoFundMe page has been established for Brian Keck whose death in Mexico was announced earlier this week. He was 48.
The family initially set up the fundraiser to help bring the former wrestler's body back to the U.S. with additional funds intended to help cover his funeral expenses.
Brian Keck started his long wrestling career as a high school freshman, yet managed to win an Ohio state title. Keck continued his mat career in college, becoming a Junior College National Champion for Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, then headed east to Pennsylvania where he was a starter at Bloomsburg University.
In his InterMat Tribute to the late wrestler, award-winning wrestling writer Craig Sesker wrote, "Keck made great contributions to the sport of wrestling. He excelled at the collegiate level and became a top American heavyweight at the international level. He was a strong, physical wrestler who was difficult to score on."
"He was a tough guy on the mat, but a big teddy bear off it," according to Sesker. "He was one of the nicest guys in the sport. And he had a big heart. He would help anyone who needed it."