Los Angeles Preps: Kent Bentley

Orange County: Popular Woodbridge wrestling coach died of heart disease

September, 21, 2010
Kent Bentley, who coached wrestling for 12 seasons at Woodbridge and also taught English at the Irvine school, collapsed and died in his classroom Monday. He was 46.

Better known as K.J. Bentley, he often wrestled with his athletes and by all appearances was in very good shape and physical health. The Orange County Coroner attributed the death to natural causes stemming from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or clogged arteries.

Bentley often ate lunch with another teacher, Jeff Alexander, who discovered his friend on the floor of his classroom about the same time as some students during the lunch break, according to athletic director Alan Dugard. Alexander applied CPR but was unable to revive Bentley.

The wrestling team, which includes 45-50 athletes and is one of the larger ones on the campus, was told of the news at the end of the school day by principal Jason Viloria.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled at the school at 7 p.m. By Tuesday afternoon, students had written notes on Bentley's classroom door and it was adorned with flowers. The classroom was sealed and his classes were being taught in a separate building.

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