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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Christopher Sullivan, a teacher and basketball coach at Kubasaki High School, died last weekend while visiting the Philippines during spring break.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sullivan was found dead in his Angeles City hotel room by a friend about dawn Saturday.

Angeles city is about 52 miles northwest of Manila.

A doctor ruled Sullivan, 51, died in his sleep from a heart attack, according to an Angeles City police spokesman.

Sullivan had traveled with friends to the Philippines during spring break. He had checked into the Wild Orchids Hotel in Balibago village on Friday evening, according to the report.

Few other details concerning the circumstances surrounding the death of the popular coach were available Monday. A spokesman for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific said they were informed by 18th Wing officials at Kadena Air Base that Sullivan died over the weekend.

“Our positive thoughts go out to the loved ones of Mr. Sullivan, as well as the students and faculty members at Kubasaki High School,” said Dr. Gayle Vaughn-Wiles, Superintendent, Okinawa district.

“A memorial service will be held,” said Chip Steitz, spokesman for DODDS-Pacific, noting the date and location had not been finalized.

Sullivan taught at Kubasaki High School for five years and steered the basketball team to the semifinals in three Far East basketball tournaments, losing the championship game in 2003 against Seoul American High School.

Prior to that he taught at Kinnick High School, where he coached the boy’s varsity basketball team for three years.

Sullivan was a 1976 graduate of the DODDS high school in Mannheim, Germany.


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