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Ex-NFL Safety Keion Carpenter Dies After Collapsing on Family Vacation
Former Atlanta Falcons safety Keion Carpenter, who also had a stint with the Buffalo Bills, was involved in a freak accident while running to his car.
Carpenter slipped, fell, and hit his head on a rock while on vacation with his family. He went into a coma and eventually succumbed to his injuries:
“39-year-old Carpenter — a standout player at Virginia Tech in the late ’90s — was was on a family vacation when something went horribly wrong.
His cousin told the Baltimore Sun, “They were running to the car when (Carpenter) slipped, fell, hit his head and slipped into a coma. It was just a freak accident.”
The family issued a statement moments ago confirming his death.
“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.”
Carpenter’s college coach Frank Beamer released a statement, saying “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.”
Rest in peace.