UPDATED – 9-19-17
The Portage County coroner’s office released the findings of an autopsy has ruled that a exertional heat stroke caused the death of Kenton grad and Kent State University football player Tyler Heintz after an offseason morning workout at Dix Stadium on June 13th.
Since Heintz’s death Kent State officials have fired a strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher who was at the workout. It says he gave false information about his certification. The coach says he was upfront about his credentials and was working toward certification.
In August Kent State University released this statement:
“Our findings indicate that the workout was conducted in accordance with national protocols for student-athlete health and safety, and the session was supervised appropriately by qualified personnel. Present at the June 13 football workout were five certified personnel who participated in the design, implementation and supervision of the 20 student-athletes.
During the course of the review, it was discovered that football strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher provided false information about his certification, which is required by the university and the NCAA. Mr. Bowsher has been dismissed from the university, and we are self-reporting this decision to the NCAA.”
Kent State University Statement on the Tragic Loss of Tyler Heintz
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 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.
Kenton grad and Kent State freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz of Kenton died following a workout Tuesday at the university, after the second day of Football Camp.
Heintz, 19, after being found unresponsive, was transported Tuesday to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center by the Kent Fire Department, doctors apparently worked on him for two hours “without success.” where he was than pronounced dead at 11:34 a.m. according to Dr. Dean DePerro, Portage County Coroner.
Heintz was a member of the Golden Flashes’ 2017 recruiting class. He was on campus along with majority of the team this week taking summer classes and working out.
Heintz’ body was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy was scheduled to be completed hopefully by Wednesday.
Heintz (6’4, 275 lb. – Senior) was an All WBL second team Offensive Tackle this past season and was also an All WBL Academic member.
Tyler Heintz passed away after a Kent State workout today Shocked and bewildered is all we can say. Pray for his family.
— Kenton Football 2017 (@Kenton_Football) June 13, 2017
Thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family. Such a great guy. He worked so hard to get to where he was at. I can’t believe this is real🐾⚡️
— Brice Fackler (@bfack3) June 13, 2017