Local sports figure and broadcaster Austin Denton dies at age 18

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – On Tuesday, the New Mexico Activities Association announced the death of inspirational former La Cueva High School student and high school sports broadcaster, 18-year-old Austin Denton.

Diagnosed with a rare spinal cord tumor at 2 years old, Austin was in remission for ten years following rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. According to a news release from the New Mexico Activities Association, Austin died on Tuesday following complications resulting from a tumor.

Austin was known in the Albuquerque community as a high school sports enthusiast, as well as a broadcaster for ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team. He started broadcasting early on, conducting interviews with football coaches and became an announcer for basketball and baseball games at La Cueva.

Although he was bound to a wheelchair, he lived a full life and inspired others to “Seize the Moment.”

“Thank you for showing me that anything possible in life and that nothing can hold anyone back,” said Austin Smith, one of his friends.

In 2016, Austin interviewed Peyton Manning as an NFL Today correspondent in Denver. He also was present at the 2018 NFL Draft to introduce Bradley Chubb as Denver’s first-round pick.

There will be a celebration of Austin’s life at La Cueva High on Saturday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, you’re asked to make a donation in Austin’s name to St. Jude or UNM Children’s Hospital.

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