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Vanderbilt TE Turner Cockrell Passed Away On Thursday

A general view of Vanderbilt's football field.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Vanderbilt Commodores tight end Turner Cockrell passed away on Thursday, the school announced. Cockrell was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2017 after doctors found melanoma in his lymph nodes.

Despite undergoing surgery, the cancer spread to Cockrell's lungs last summer. He was just 21 years old.

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason released a statement following Cockrell's passing.

"My heart is broken for Randy, Noelle and the Cockrell family, for all of Turner's teammates, and for all who came in contact with Turner. Turner had a wonderful spirit and fought an incredible fight. He was a Vanderbilt Man through and through, and he will always be remembered here."

The Vanderbilt football program announced the news on Twitter.

Cockrell was a two-year starter for his high school football team and won a state title in 2015 - the first state title in program history.

Our thoughts are with the Cockrell family and Vanderbilt community.