Kent State Football Player Dies After Team Workout

Rosalie Stanley
June 16, 2017

Heintz is the second KSU football player in recent years to die following a workout.

Part of the Golden Flashes' 2017 recruiting class, the 19-year-old was coming to Kent State from Kenton, Ohio, a city in the western part of the state.

In a statement, Kent State University says Tyler Heintz was transported by paramedics to a hospital following football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium Tuesday.

He said it might take several weeks to figure out the cause of death and the autopsy is just "one piece of the puzzle". The school's football program responded to the news of Heintz's death on Twitter.

The two-star recruit from Kenton, Ohio, had dreams of playing Division 1 college football, but they were cut short tragically. Jason Bitsko, another offensive lineman, died in 2014. Pray for his family.

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"What a great kid", a follow-up tweet said.

The Record-Courier reports that Heintz helped Kenton reach the state semifinals on two occasions. "Love ya, man." Notre Dame football coach Mike Jacobs also send his best to the young man's family.

Kent State has released a statement confirming the death of freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz, who was rushed to the hospital following conditioning drills on Tuesday.

Student-athletes at Kent State are required to meet with team doctors and must pass a physical before engaging in summer workouts on campus.

Jason Bitsko, 21, of Huber Heights, died in his sleep of an enlarged heart in his off-campus apartment on August 20, 2014. The coroner's office determined that he died as a result of an enlarged heart.

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