New information around the sudden death of college football player Ryan Keeler has emerged after the UNLV defensive lineman was found dead at the age of 20.
According to the Clark County Coroner, Ryan Keeler died of cardiac dysrhythmia due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is essentially fatal arrhythmia due to the thickening of the heart muscle.
The UNLV football player died unexpectedly inside his dorm room earlier this year. He was found with an empty prescription pill bottle near him.
The manner of his death was ruled natural.
A police report back in March stated the 20-year-old had been prescribed medication on February 17 after reportedly feeling sick and nauseous since February 13. He would be found unresponsive by an assistant football coach three days later on February 20.
Keeler had recently transferred from Rutgers to UNLV prior to the 2022 season. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive lineman appeared in seven games last fall and finished with eight tackles and one sack.
UNLV football coach Barry Odom paid tribute to Keeler after his death became public.
“We are devastated to have lost a member of our Rebel family,” he said.
“While I had the honor of knowing Ryan for only a couple of months, he already stood out to our coaching staff as an incredible person, student, and teammate.
“Our condolences and prayers go out to Ryan’s family as we grieve along with them over this tremendous loss.”
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