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.
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.
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