Update: The Portage County Coroner’s office said an official cause of death may take months to determine. An autopsy was performed Wednesday
Kent State released the following statement from Head Football Coach Paul Haynes regarding the death of Tyler Heintz following yesterday’s workout.
The cause of death is unknown at this time, the press release states.
“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,” the university wrote.
The Kenton Football 2017 Twitter page said “Shocked and bewildered is all we can say. Pray for his family.”
What a great kid. Your football family will miss you pic.twitter.com/80JYvNbiTN
— Kenton Football 2017 (@Kenton_Football) June 13, 2017
KentWired talked to several players who were at the practice with Heintz. One of them said Heintz was breathing heavy, “but everybody was.”
The coaches then dismissed the players from practice, but Heintz stayed behind, they said.
At a 5:30 p.m. meeting, the team was notified of Heintz’s death.
Heintz planned to study marketing and entrepreneurship at the university.
“He was supposed to have his first class after practice, but he didn’t even get to go to that,” another player said.
The Record-Courier reported that the Kent Fire Department responded to a call at Dix Stadium at 9:18 a.m., and then transported Heintz to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 11:34 a.m.
On August 20, 2014, another Kent State football player, Jason Bitsko, was found dead in his room after he didn’t show up for practice. Portage County coroner said Bitsko had an enlarged heart and probably died of an arrhythmia in his sleep.
Heintz is the second Kent State student to die in the last week. Fashion major Taylor Pifer was killed in her North Royalton home in a triple homicide, police said.