Former NFL Star Keion Carpenter Dies Following ‘Freak Accident’ While On Vacation With His Family

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What a terrible loss.

According to the Baltimore Sun, former NFL star Keion Carpenter passed away on Thursday after a freak accident during a family vacation.

The ex-Falcons and Buffalo Bills defensive back accidentally fell and hit his head while playing with his son the day prior.

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Following the fall, Carpenter was taken to the hospital where he lay in a coma for twenty-four hours before succumbing to his injuries.

A devastated cousin told the paper:

“They were running to the car when (Carpenter) slipped, fell, hit his head and slipped into a coma. It was just a freak accident.”

How heartbreaking. We can’t imagine what Keion’s family must be feeling right now.

A family rep also issued this official statement to the press:

“It is with regret that we as a family announce that at 6:47 am Keion Eric Carpenter was pronounced dead , at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, Florida. Keion collapsed while on a family vacation and remained in a coma for 24 hours. Keion(‘s) remains will be flown back to Baltimore for burial.”

To make matters even more devastating, the 39-year-old leaves behind wife Tonia Carpenter and their four children.

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In addition to Keion’s athletic legacy, he was also the founder of the Carpenter House, a non-profit which “aims to strengthen and empower families from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing access to resources, activities and structured environments that enable them to reach their highest academic and economic potential”.

It’s clear the late star was an incredible advocate for the city of Baltimore and for children in need, so this is a tragic loss on many levels.

Confirming the athlete’s charitable ways, Carpenter’s former college coach revealed:

“Keion was one of the rocks around which we built our program at Virginia Tech in the 1990s. He was a tenacious punt blocker and a relentless player on defense. More importantly, he had a heart of gold. His work with The Carpenter House and other charitable organizations to help those in need truly embodied the Virginia Tech Spirit.”

Our thoughts go out to Keion’s family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.

[Image via The Carpenter House.]

Dec 29, 2016 12:51pm PST

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