Kent State University football player likely died of hyperthermia

Kent State University football player likely died of hyperthermia

KENT, OH (WOIO) - The Portage County Coroner said preliminary autopsy tests showed Kent State University football player Tyler Heintz died likely of hyperthermia. Heintz had a very high body temperature, but investigators have yet to determine what triggered the event.

According to medicinenet.com hyperthermia is overheating of the body, possibly due to extreme weather conditions. The unrelieved hyperthermia can lead to collapse and death.

According to MedicineNet hyperthermia can be prevented in many cases through the use of air conditioning and use of ventilation as well as by ensuring that vulnerable persons drink extra water.

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.

Kent's Athletic Deptartment 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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