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Notre Dame Community Mourns Loss of Zac Plantz

Donations pour in for Plantz’s fundraiser — here’s how you can help.

Candles at The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes are lit up in memory of Zac Plantz, a 2015 graduate who died unexpectedly Thursday.
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Zachary J. Plantz, a former Notre Dame rugby player and 2015 graduate of the university, died early Thanksgiving morning in a car accident in Naples, Fla.

Plantz, the brother of former Notre Dame football players Tyler and Logan, was 27. A Frankfort, Ill. native, Zac was senior policy advisor for Rep. Dan Lipinski at the time of his death.

Besides Plantz’s involvement on the rugby team, he also participated in the Notre Dame’s Bengal Bouts boxing fundraiser and was a resident of Morrissey Hall during his undergraduate tenure. He was also a graduate of Providence Catholic High School.

Plantz was in the midst of running 60 miles and raising $1,000 for Movember, a charitable organization dedicated to improving men’s mental health. This was his sixth year as a participant; based on early returns, Zac had doubled his goal shortly before his passing.

Since Zac’s tragic death, the Notre Dame community — and beyond — has raised more than $27,000 in his name, as of this writing. If you would like to donate to Movember in Zac’s memory, you may do so here.

The One Foot Down community extends its condolences to the Plantz family, to Zac’s friends and colleagues at Notre Dame, and invites people to share their memories of Zac with us below.