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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.