Freshman Kent State football player dies after workout

Freshman Kent State football player dies after workout

KENT, OH (WOIO) - A Kent State football player has died.

According to a Twitter page belonging to his high school football program, Tyler Heintz died after a Tuesday workout.

The Portage County coroner says Heintz died after collapsing during a morning workout. He was taken to UH Portage and was pronounced dead Tuesday at 11:34 a.m.

"Shocked and bewildered is all we can say," the account tweeted. "Pray for his family."

Tuesday was the second day of workouts. Heintz was about to enter his freshman season as a Golden Flash.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss," said head football coach Paul Haynes. "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."

Below is the university's statement:

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.

Kent's Athletic Dept. has changed its Social Media profile picture to honor Tyler.

Some student-athletes and others have started their own GoFundMe page to assist the family.

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