Former Ohio State offensive lineman Ivan Douglas has passed away after a battle with COVID-19, according to a former teammate.
Douglas, who played for the Buckeyes’ 2002 national championship team before having his career cut short one year later by blood clots, was 41 years old. News of his passing was shared by former OSU teammate Chukwuemeka Nnamdi Onyejekwe, who goes by his rap name Mekka Don.
“Our good brother Ivan Douglas has passed away,” Mekka Don tweeted this afternoon. “Please keep his family in your prayers.”
Update: Our good brother Ivan Douglas has passed away 💔
Please keep his family in your prayers! 🙏🏾 https://t.co/IAqoIPw3o7
— Mekka Don (@MekkaDonMusic) October 21, 2021
Douglas had been working as a social worker with the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, according to SI.com. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
Recruited to Ohio State out of Cleveland, Douglas played as a reserve in 2000 before missing the entire 2001 campaign with blood clots. He returned to start 12 games the following year, but by 2003 his career was over due to a clot in his chest.
Douglas served as a student assistant coach in 2003 and tried to make a comeback with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders the following year, but did not make the team.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ivan Douglas’ family and friends during this difficult time.