Kent State University football player dies after Tuesday practice session

Beth Cruz
June 16, 2017

KSU officials said Heintz had been participating in football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, and the process to reach such a determination is expected to take several weeks.

The news was first posted on Kenton High School's football Twitter page.

The Kenton, Ohio high school alum had just arrived to the campus last week, and was only 19 years old.

He was planning to study marketing and entrepreneurship in Kent State's college of business administration, according to a school release. "Tyler was recruited as a rising star on our offensive line".

"What a great kid", a follow-up tweet said.

Heintz's passing was also reported by WKTN Radio in Kenton. "Your football family will miss you".

Portage County coroner Dr. Dean Perry told the Record-Courier newspaper that Heintz's body had been transported to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office, where an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Heintz and other student-athletes were reportedly cleared to begin practicing on June 11. One of them said Heintz was breathing heavy, "but everybody was". He was from Kenton, Ohio, about two and a half hours away from the university.

DePerro noted that the final autopsy report and death certificate for KSU football player Jason Bitsko, who was found dead August 20, 2014, in his off-campus apartment in Brimfield, took nine months to complete.

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