Kent State freshman football player dies after workout

(KENT, OH) - A Kent State University freshman football player, Tyler Heintz, is dead following a workout on Tuesday. 

The Portage County Coroner's Office made the confirmation to WTAM. 

Coroner Dr. Dean Deperro said the incident happened Tuesday morning when Tyler "collapsed" at Kent State after a workout. Deperro says an autopsy will be conducted by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. 

Tyler, 19,  just graduated from Kenton High School, near Lima. 

Kent State University released this statement Tuesday night: 

"Today,  the Kent State University family mourns the tragic loss of one of our  student-athletes, freshman football player Tyler Heintz. Tyler was  transported to a local hospital by paramedics this morning following  football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium. The cause of death is not  yet known.

Tyler was from Kenton, Ohio, and planned to study marketing and  entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration. Tyler was  recruited as a rising star on our offensive line.

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." 

(Photo by @Kenton_Football via Twitter)

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