, a redshirt freshman tight end for the University of Arkansas was found unconscious and unresponsive in his dorm room on Sunday morning, according to ArkansasNews.com.
Uekman, 19, was rushed to the Washington Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12:10pm, the site reported.
In a statement, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long called Uekman’s death “a terrible shock.” Head football coach Bobby Petrino echoed that sentiment, saying “Garrett was a special member of our family.”
“His loss is a terrible shock, and it makes you realize how precious life is,” coach Petrino told reporters. “Garrett was a great teammate and loved being a Razorback. My sympathies are with his entire family during this incredibly trying time, and I share in their grief. Our team will honor and show our respect to Garrett.”
The cause of Uekman’s death had yet to be determined, although university police Lt. Mat Mills said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. According to Fox News, Garrett was last seen playing video games by a roommate approximately an hour earlier.
Uekman’s parents, Danny and Michelle, released a statement through the university which read:
“Our son was living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks. He loved his school, his coaches, and his teammates and classmates, and was an influence and inspiration to so many people. We ask for your love and prayers for Garrett, our family and his friends as we all cope with this heavy and painful loss.”
via Fox News