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Kyle Tribble, beloved member of San Diego's LGBT community, dies at age 25

SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Tribble, a well-liked community member remembered by many for his bright smile, died Monday, said his ex-boyfriend Randy Acosta. Tribble was 25 years old.

The cause of death is still unknown, pending a report by the San Diego County Medical Examiner. Friends say he attended a party Saturday night and was admitted into Scripps Mercy Hospital on Sunday.

Kristin Doving, one of Tribble’s best friends, said he had a passion for animals and was an avid horseback rider growing up. Tribble regularly competed in roping competitions, she said.

In the outpouring of love and support that has appeared on Tribble’s Facebook page since the news of his death spread through San Diego's tight-knit community, many friends posted photos of Tribble wearing a cowboy hat or attire as a tribute to his love of horseback riding.

Some friends noted that Tribble, who grew up in Valley Center, was active in the local chapter of the National FFA Organization (formerly known as Future Farmers of America).

In a Facebook posting, Christine and Robert Stanley recalled attending FFA with Tribble.

“R.I.P. Kyle Tribble, you will be missed,” they wrote. “You’re a great kid! We’ve got many memories together through FFA!”

Doving said Tribble once worked for a veterinary clinic specializing in large animals, but most recently worked at The Fish Market restaurant.

“He had the biggest heart, the brightest smile and the most generous personality,” Doving said. “He would put others before him and always thought about the needs of others."

Christian Taylor, who says that he and Tribble were a part of the same close-knit group of friends, said Tribble will be missed by many.

"I know you fought as hard as you could," Taylor said. "I’m so so sorry for your family’s loss - my heart truly goes out.

"You left an impact on all of us."

Benjamin Plummer, who said he had the honor of getting to know Tribble well, said that Tribble was very close with his grandmother and sister, and loved being in the company of friends and family.

"I know he wanted to be comfortable in life and was working so hard to get there," Plummer said. "He cared for everyone."

Tribble’s family members were not available for immediate comment.

Acosta, who expressed a great deal of love and care for Tribble, said in a post that he “has just lost the sun in his sky.”

“We didn’t lose a piece on the board. We lost the king in chess,” Acosta wrote on Facebook.

Doving and a number of other friends of Tribble have organized a tribute for their friend.

The group invites all friends and family of Tribble to a celebration of life on Wednesday, May 25, from 8 to 10 pm at The Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest. The event will be a 1980s party, which friends say was one of his favorite themes, and include music, drinks and fun.

Those who have photos that they would like to see on the slideshow at the event should send them to Doving at kdoving@gmail.com.

"He had a passion for life and enjoyed being surrounded by his friends and the people that loved him," Doving said. "Let’s use this time to remember all the good memories and celebrate his life the way he would have loved … let’s party as one family!"