Nguyen kicked two goals while playing a soccer game with friends Sunday in a Santa Monica park, and collapsed as he ran with his arms outstretched like an airplane down the field.
Friends tried to revive him and summoned paramedics from a nearby fire station. Nguyen, who had shown no signs of ill health, suffered irreversible brain damage. ...Born in Saigon, Vietnam, on Feb. 20, 1975, Nguyen was 2 months old when his father, attack pilot Chuyen Nguyen, and mother, Ngoc Thuy Nguyen, were among the first refugees to escape and come to the United States.
Raised in Garden Grove, Nguyen decided early on he wanted to be a reporter. An editor at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, he went to work as a reporter for the Seattle Times, Orange County Register, Nguoi Viet 2 in Westminster, and The Associated Press in Springfield, Ill.
May 15, 2009
Daily Breeze reporter on life support
Daily Breeze education reporter Vu Nguyen, 34, suffered cardiac arrest while playing soccer with his friends over the weekend. He is in a coma and is not expected to survive: From the Daily Breeze: