A Midshipman At The Naval Academy Passes Away In Mississippi while On Vacation.

The circumstances surrounding the death of a midshipman from the Naval Academy who was on holiday in Mississippi are being investigated by the authorities.

Mason Halsey, a first-class midshipman, passed away on January 1st, the Naval Academy said on social media.

The 22-year-old Halsey lived in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Halsey, a political science major, participated in cheerleading, dance, and mascot spirit at sporting events as a member of the 5th Company and the Navy Spirit Team.

Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, the acting superintendent of the Naval Academy, stated, “The entire Naval Academy family—the Brigade of Midshipmen, the faculty, staff, and coaches—are mourning the tragic and unexpected loss of Midshipman Mason Halsey.”

Mason stood out to Kimberly Salyers, the coach of the Spirit team, in part because of his enthusiasm to assist in training new members.

According to a statement from the Naval institution, Salyers “had cheer experience prior to attending the academy and was very passionate about training and helping others achieve their goals.” He would message me frequently to ask if he could hold stunt sessions, even after the cheerleading season ended. Throughout the plebe summer, he was always willing to help me with the new plebes. He even obtained his cheer certification, which allowed him to serve as a safety observer.

The Naval Academy Facebook page received condolences from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The statement read, “With heavy hearts, The U.S. Military Academy unites in grief to mourn your loss.” Mason’s family, friends, and the whole U.S. Naval Academy community are all in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you find the courage and comfort you need to get through this difficult and depressing period. Rest in peace, you.

Halsey’s mother, Carla Halsey, brother Trevon Halsey (Jeannie), sister Caitlin Howell (Jeffry), and father, retired Master Chief Thane Halsey, all survive him.

Correction: The first name of Jeffry Howell has been spelled correctly and Mason Halsey has been identified in this piece.