Arkansas Football Player Dead

Team shocked by Garrett Uekman's sudden death yesterday
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2011 5:52 AM CST
University of Arkansas Football Player Garrett Uekman Died Yesterday
In this photo taken Sept. 10, 2011, Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman greets fans after an NCAA college football game with New Mexico in Little Rock, Ark.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

The mysterious death of a University of Arkansas football player yesterday has the school in shock, reports the AP. Backup tight end Garrett Uekman was found unconscious in his dorm room yesterday morning, just an hour after his roommate had seen him playing video games. Emergency services workers said the 19-year-old was in cardiac arrest when they arrived; they rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after noon.

The Arkansas athletic director said Uekman did not have any known pre-existing health conditions. "Garrett Uekman was a special member of our family, and we are all saddened by his passing," said the team coach in a statement. "His loss is a terrible shock, and it makes you realize how precious life is." The school will hold a candlelight vigil in his memory this evening. (More Arkansas stories.)

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