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Former Virginia Tech Star Keion Carpenter Has Died After Collapsing During A Run

Former Virginia Tech safety Keion Carpenter has passed away.

Wednesday, it was reported that former Virginia Tech safety Keion Carpenter, who played for the Buffalo Bills and the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL, had collapsed during a run while on vacation with his family in Miami, Florida. Thursday, Virginia Tech announced that after spending over 24 hours in a coma, Carpenter passed away.

Carpenter was 39 years old.

Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer released a statement on Carpenter's passing:

"Cheryl and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Keion Carpenter. Keion was one of the rocks around which we built our program at Virginia Tech in the 1990s. He was a tenacious punt blocker and a relentless player on defense. More importantly, he had a heart of gold. His work with The Carpenter House and the other charitable organizations to help those in need truly embodied the Virginia Tech spirit. Our condolences to Keion's family on the loss of a great Hokie."

Virginia Tech tweeted a tribute in Carpenter's honor as well.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carpenter's family and friends.