Arkansas Player Death – The death of a University of Arkansas football player has shocked students.
According to a coroner his passing was due to a condition that caused an irregular heartbeat. Washington County coroner Roger Morris said that, to the best of his knowledge, Garrett Uekman’s condition, cardiomyopathy, was not previously detected. He said the condition thickens the walls of the heart and affects a lot of young men.
Uekman, a tight end for the Razorbacks was last seen playing video games Sunday morning. An hour later at approximately 11:15 a.m. the 19-year-old was found unresponsive in his dorm room. When emergency services personnel arrived, Uekman was in cardiac arrest and he was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville by 12:10 pm.
The players toxicology report came back with no indications of improper drug use, Morris said.
“Garrett Uekman was a special member of our family, and we are all saddened by his passing,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. “His loss is a terrible shock, and it makes you realize how precious life is.”
Uekman’s parents, Danny and Michelle, released a statement through the university about the death of their son.
“Our son was living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks,” the statement read. “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.”
Arkansas players are remembering the death of their teammate by wearing decals that said “GU” on the back of their helmets and red bracelets on their wrists. Coaches sported black ribbons, too, and tight end Austin Tate wore Uekmanâ€™s No. 88 jersey to honor his best friend.