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Head coach hails cheerleader found dead in apartment as elite athlete

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Questions remain in the sudden death of a University of Louisville cheerleader after she was found dead in an off-campus apartment Monday.

Danielle "Dani" Cogswell was found dead in the Cardinal Towne Apartment complex around 9 a.m. Monday. Police still haven't determined a cause of death, but they are ruling out foul play.

Cogswell was a member of the University of Louisville cheer team. She joined the squad ahead of the 2013-2014 school year, after being recruited from Arizona State University. Her coach calls her an elite athlete.

"Our program is elite to begin with, but she is definitely of elite status within that program. One of the top athletes we currently have here," said head cheer coach Todd Sharp. "She was a world class gymnast, but also an amazing flyer."

Sharp says Cogswell was a joy to be around, and was loved by all her teammates.

"When you're not only this young, but so athletic and so talented and so beautiful, it's the last thing you expect."

The U of L athletic department is providing counseling services to Cogswell's teammates and other athletes.

"I had a counselor specifically talk to the team, and we are going to continue to provide counseling for the student athletes that knew her through this week and into the school year," said Christine Simatocolous, Associate Athletic Director for Student Life.

Cogswell was a native of Washington State. Sharp said that's where her family will hold a memorial service, but the team is trying to plan something as well.

The team has already discussed dedicating the season to Cogswell.

"Once the kids got their breath back, they were immediately talking about dedicating our season to Dani," said Sharp. "Many kids said they were going to be their personal best as students, athletes and friends in Dani's memory."

Cogswell's impact is already spreading on social media.  The hashtag #RIPDani is already appearing in several tweets.  Friends, teammates, and other cheer teams are sending their thoughts and prayers.

Also on Twitter, @cheerupdates is asking people to wear "Louisville red" to practices this week to remember Cogswell.

"You know, the cheer world is huge and its one of the most popular sports in the country and across the world now it's amazing at how small that cheer family is," said Sharp.

He hopes her beauty lives on.  Not only in her pictures but in the lives of those she touched, especially the close knit group at U of L.

"The kids are ranged from disbelief and shock to a lot of hysterical emotion and at times laughing remembering the great stories and the great times with Dani."

Toxicology results are pending and should be released in about six weeks.

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