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Kent State football player dies after workout

Published: June 13, 2017 8:33 PM
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Kent State freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz of Kenton died following a workout Tuesday.

Heintz, 19, was transported to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center by the Kent Fire Department, where he was pronounced dead at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday, said Dr. Dean DePerro, Portage County Coroner. Capt. Bill Myers confirmed that firefighters were called to Dix Stadium at 9:18 a.m., and found Heintz unresponsive.

"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 tweeted later the same day.

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.

Kent State officials have not yet confirmed the death of Heintz. Calls to KSU spokesman Eric Mansfield were not immediately returned, and KSU Police directed all questions to Mansfield.

DePerro said Heintz’ body has been transferred to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy was scheduled to be completed Wednesday. However, he cautioned that the conclusion of the autopsy could take several weeks.

“The post-mortem is just one piece of the puzzle,” he said. Investigators are collecting hospital records, gathering reports of any medical history, and interviewing anybody who was with Heintz at the time. “That takes time.”

He said Heintz was transported to the hospital at about 9:30 a.m. and doctors apparently worked on him for two hours “without success.”

Heintz is the second Kent State student to die in three days. Taylor Pifer, 21, a senior fashion design student, along with her mother, 45-year-old Suzanne Taylor, and sister, 18-year-old Kylie Pifer were killed Sunday at a home in North Royalton.


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