Arkansas Razorback Garrett Uekman dead at age 19
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Arkansas Razorback Garrett Uekman dead at age 19

Little Rock : AR : USA | Nov 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM PST
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Details have now been released as follows--reports say Garrett Uekman was in cardiac arrest when emergency crews showed up in his dorm room. A roommate of Uekman said he had seen him alive and in good health about 10:15 a.m., an hour before help was contacted and arrived Sunday morning.

Original report:

Sad news today out of Arkansas, one of the Razorback's team members is dead at 19.

Statement released by Arkansas:

"Garrett Uekman, a University of Arkansas student and a member of the Razorback football team, has passed away today at the age of 19."

He was found dead in his dorm room around 11:15 a.m. -- there is no information on the cause of the young football player's death.

Uekman's high school coach said, “I was just stunned,” said Ellis “Scooter” Register. “I didn’t get up out of my chair for 30 minutes. …

“It just goes to show you how really fragile life is. We can’t take anything for granted. He was so young, vibrant and strong. He had his whole future in front of him.”

"Garrett Uekman was a special member of our family, and we are all saddened by his passing," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. "His loss is a terrible shock, and it makes you realize how precious life is."

Local policeman working the university beat, Lt. Mat Mills said there were no suspicious circumstances about Uekman's death, and his body will be sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.

Sunday, just after noon, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Mr. Uekman was pronounced dead.

The tight end redshirted for the football team in nine out of eleven games this season. In Saturday's game, where the team smoked Mississippi State 44-17, he also saw some playing time. His last game was played in Little Rock, his hometown, just hours before he was found dead.

Video:

Garrett Uekman in action

Memorial Facebook pages:

RIP Garrett Uekman

In Memory of Garrett Uekman

Related tweets:

501MiddleMan RT @AdrienneCymone: ahh so I get on yahoo and was greeted with an article of our very own Arkansas razorback tight end Garrett Uekman death, R.I.P.#StaystrongAr

JdPugh RT @TheCoryWilliams: Thoughts and prayers go out to Garrett Uekman's friends family and the entire Arkansas University.

TheZsmith RT @Boroboy_MFCEO1: #prayersgo out to the University of Arkansas football team and the family of Garrett Uekman..#tragedy "only the good die young"

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