PEORIA — Sean Gillen gave everything he had to his football team as head coach, and later assistant coach, at Notre Dame High School.
And Gillen gave everything he had again Saturday as his own time in this world was running out.
He suffered a heart attack on Monday and will not survive, according to a statement from his family relayed via his girlfriend, Jody Stumbaugh, on Saturday.
The Peoria County Coroner's office on Sunday morning announced Gillen was removed from life support and pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m. Saturday.
The office said Gillen was working out at the gym on May 6, when he apparently suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, and went unresponsive. Bystander CPR was immediately started and 911 was called; Gillen was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center by ambulance in critical condition.
But his organs will be donated, an act that was celebrated at a Gift of Hope flag raising ceremony Saturday afternoon at OSF, just a few hours before he was expected to be taken off life support.
"Yes, Sean is close (to passing away)," said Notre Dame chaplain Kyle Lucas, who led the prayer service. "This day was organized by (Notre Dame principal) sister Sara Kowal, and the response today was just amazing.
"So many people here for Sean. So many stories shared and people just wanting to be together."
The auditorium was packed, and staff, friends, family, former and current players and well-wishers flowed beyond the doors and into the hallways outside.
Former and current Notre Dame football players embraced in the hallway afterward. Running back Logan Cover talked about his coach with teammates.