A 24-year-old former Tennessee Titans cheerleader has died after suffering significant injuries earlier this month in a crash in downtown Nashville.
Patrick Holz was not wearing his seatbelt as he crashed his Jeep into a Ford Explorer on the night of October 3 on Interstate 40 after he left work. According to officials, Holz was ejected from the vehicle.
Officials transported him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition. According to his girlfriend, Holz’s arm had to be amputated. While in the hospital, he also contracted COVID-19. Vanderbilt confirmed his death on Wednesday.
A fundraiser set up after the former professional cheerleaders crash has raised nearly $19,300 of its $30,000 goal. The GoFundMe, created by Kelsey Smiley, has 305 donors and 1,800 shares. In the first 24 hours of the fundraiser, it had already raised $11,000, which would go toward his medical bills. The bio for the GoFundMe, titled “Emergency funds for Patrick Holz,” it speaks of Holz’s caring nature.
“Patrick had a wild soul, but a heart of gold and loved all of his friends and family dearly. In this time, he needs our help, and I know whole-heartedly he would do the same for anyone else! While we do not know the long term prognosis at this time, we know that the financial needs will surely be insurmountable.”
The post continues, saying, “Whether you have ties to Blackman, Morehead, or the Titans, Patrick has cheered on and encouraged your favorite team, and now we need to cheer him on as he fights for his life!”
According to the man’s Instagram bio, he studied aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University.
If you would like to donate to Holz’s GoFundMe, please click HERE.