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Kent State Releases Statement About Death Of Freshman Football Player

The first-year player died following a workout on Tuesday.

A Kent State freshman football player died on Tuesday.

Tyler Heintz, a first-year offensive lineman for the Golden Flashes' program, passed away after a team workout.

The Ohio native reportedly collapsed after taking part in preseason conditioning drills.

The cause of death is not yet known, but the school released a statement about the tragic event on Tuesday night.

“Today, the Kent State University family mourns the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, freshman football player Tyler Heintz. Tyler was transported to a hospital by paramedics this morning following football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium. The cause of death is not yet known. Tyler was from Kenton, Ohio, and planned to study marketing and entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration. Tyler was recruited as a rising star on our offensive line. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family and friends, as well as Coach Haynes and the team, our athletics staff and our student-athletes,” the statement read.

Heintz, 19, was a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman. He was ranked a two-star recruit coming out of high school by 247Sports.

The coroner's office said it could take weeks to determine a cause of death.

Rest in peace, Tyler.