SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara High School community is mourning the tragic loss of one of its students.
Principal John Becchio made the announcement Monday morning that Cody Irwin, an 11th grader, passed away Thursday night.
Irwin's death was unexpected and prompted a team of bereavement counselors on campus throughout the week.
Santa Barbara Unified District spokeswoman Lauren Bianchi-Klemann told NewsChannel 3 that the cause of death was "unknown" and that the district did not have permission to release a photo of Cody.
Becchio released the following statement to SBHS parents after making the announcement to students and staff:
"I wanted to address all students and staff this morning to make sure you heard directly from me about some very sad news that we learned about last Friday. Sadly, I can confirm that last Thursday night one of our very own students, Cody Irwin, passed away. This unexpected tragedy takes its toll emotionally on many within our school community who knew Cody very well. But it also can be very stressful for others, who may not have known Cody, but who feel the emotional burden of having lost someone close to them. Today and all this week counselors and admin are available to support if you or someone you know needs help getting through this loss.
As we remember Cody, we should also remember to embrace those we care about and love this week as we end this school year and recognize our graduating seniors."