KENT, OH, Sporting Alert — Tyler Heintz, an incoming freshman football player at Kent State, died during preseason workouts on Tuesday morning the university has confirmed.
Heintz, who is the second football player at Kent State to die in the last four years, was only on campus a few days after the team reported for summer practices over the weekend.
There is still no confirmation to the cause of his death, but Kent State released a brief statement at 9:57 p.m. on Tuesday night.
“Today, the Kent State University family mourns the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, freshman football player Tyler Heintz,” the statement reads.
“Tyler was transported to a local 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.”
According Kent State, Heintz was transported to a local hospital by paramedics Tuesday morning after some complications during football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium.
Head football coach Paul Haynes also spoke about the tragic loss.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss,” Haynes said. “Tyler was an unselfish young man who exemplifies everything we look for in a Golden Flash.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Meanwhile, to help assist the family with the future expenses, a group of Kent State student-athletes have started a GoFundMe page in support of the Heintz family. You can go directly to the GoFundMe page page where they are asking for any donations.
The goal is set to $1000 USD.