USM M Club Hall of Fame inductee dies

USM M Club Hall of Fame inductee dies

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Southern Miss M Club Hall of Fame inductee has died.

Keith Kennedy died Sunday evening from complications due to a heart condition.

He and his wife Paige were devoted to church outreach programs through music as members of Parkway Heights UMC. He is survived by his wife, four children, and four grandchild. Kennedy was 53-years-old.

According to Southern Miss Athletics, he was a four-year letterman from 1980 to 1984.

Kennedy was one of only two four-year letter winners in the program's history. He entered Southern Miss out of Hattiesburg High School as one of the top swimmers in the state of Mississippi. He was awarded the school's first ever swimming scholarship.

Kennedy was also the team's top point scorer as a freshman and was the team's most valuable player as a freshman. He was elected team captain as a sophomore, according to Southern Miss Athletics.

Kennedy graduated with a 3.0 GPA and received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. His specialty was the breast stroke. He was a multi-talented swimmer who also was a part of the 400-medley relay team with a time of 3:41.27.

Funeral arrangements are pending.