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Former UCLA athlete and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Blake Krikorian dead at 48

Former water polo player was co-founder of Slingbox

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Blake Krikorian
Mitch Tobias

Blake Krikorian was the former CEO of Slingbox Media Inc.

Blake Krikorian, who played on UCLA's water polo team between 1986 and 1989, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, while surfing in the San Francisco area.  While the cause of his death is still unconfirmed, he apparently suffered a heart attack, according to media reports. He was 48 years old and is survived by his wife, Cathy, and two daughters.

He is the older brother of former UCLA water polo player and coach Adam Krikorian, who is currently serving as head coach of the U.S. Women's Water Polo Team competing at the Olympics in Rio.

Blake Krikorian, who was the former CEO of Slingbox Media Inc., and his brother Jason were on the team that created Slingbox in 2004, a device that allows you to watch your own television from a laptop anywhere in the world.

While at UCLA, Blake had three injury-laden seasons as a Bruin from 1986-88. But after shoulder surgery in 1988, he returned to the squad in 1989 for his senior year and had his best season as a Bruin, recording 19 goals (fifth on the team) while finishing fourth in steals (12) and second in assists (11).

A tough competitor, Blake was a member of the 1985 Junior National Team and graduated from Mountain View High School in Mountain View, California. He was his team's MVP and was an All-CCS and All-League performer in water polo and was an All-League swimmer as well.

He graduated from UCLA in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

This story is posted on the UCLA Athletics website.

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