Fil-Am dies in freak accident during Filipino dance practice

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An 18-year-old freshman at Baylor University in Texas has died following a freak accident during dance practice, the school said.


Kevin Signo was set to turn 19 this month. The Frisco, Texas, teen was described as ‘well-liked’ at school and had a strong Christian faith, his friends say.
Kevin Signo was set to turn 19 this month. The Frisco, Texas, teen was described as ‘well-liked’ at school and had a strong Christian faith, his friends say.


Kevin Signo of Frisco, Texas, was rehearsing with the school’s Filipino Student Association on Saturday when he practiced a backflip and landed on his head, according to reports.

He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. But around 4 a.m. Sunday, the swelling in his brain became extreme — and he was taken off life support, fellow dancer Nathan Elequin told student newspaper The Baylor Lariat.

Signo died "doing what he loved,” Elequin said.

The school said the students were practicing traditional Filipino dances.

Signo apparently landed on his forehead, which triggered a fatal spine injury, Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson told the Waco Tribune-Herald.

He was going to turn 19 later this month and ultimately had plans to become a doctor.

A Baylor spokeswoman said Monday that he was a “very bright, well-liked and involved student on our campus.”

His parents said their son blossomed at Baylor, where he enjoyed playing soccer and dancing. He was a member of the group Poppers, Lockers and Breakers.

He was also an organ donor.

“He knew exactly what (his organs) could be used for and what was important,” mom Jackie Signo told NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.

“We’re very happy to have had him for a short time,” his dad, Henry Signo, added.

A funeral is planned for Saturday in Allen, Texas. His parents said they want to create a scholarship in his honor.--By Erik Ortiz/New York Daily News






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