Devan Bogard has tragically passed away in a fire early Tuesday morning. He was 27 year old.
According to a report from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram, the former Ohio State linebacker passed away in an apartment fire in Elyria, Ohio. Interim chief of the Elyria Fire Department Joe Pronesti said his crew believes Bogard was in his bedroom when he was alerted about the fire. The apartment reportedly has severe smoke and fire damages of about $25,000.
The former four-star prospect from Cleveland Glenville played for the Buckeyes from 2012-14. His career was marred with injuries as he suffered a torn ACL in three straight seasons, which prematurely ended his career. He did, however, graduate from the university in 2016.
Several former Ohio State players shared their initial reactions on social media.
New Orleans Saints star cornerback Marshon Lattimore tweeted “RIP Bogard!” Former Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker, meanwhile, tweeted “Damn Man Jus Ruined My Day Rest Up Bogeez.”
“It don’t seem real,” Powell said. “Bro was doing everything right. I cannot believe it!”
Bogard was most recently an assistant coach at Elyria High School.