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Garrett Uekman Found Dead In Dorm At 19

11/21/2011 11:50 AM ET

Garrett Uekman Dead - Garrett Uekman, Arkansas Razorbacks football player, was discovered dead in his dorm room. The team is still mourning the loss of their backup tight-end. The university said the 19-year-old died at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville on Sunday.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but the university said the young man was found unconscious and unresponsive in his dorm room on campus at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

He was last seen playing video games by a roommate approximately an hour earlier. When emergency services personnel arrived, he was in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long also spoke and said the university wasn’t aware of any pre-existing medical condition with that the player had. He said the Razorbacks’ players showed “shock and dismay” when told of his death at an afternoon team meeting.

“Our son was living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks,” a statement from Uekman’s parents 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.”

David Estes, the football coach at Little Rock Catholic where Uekman played in high school, said he was told by Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton that the had been found by his roommate in his dorm room on campus. Estes said he watched him play and was “beaming from ear to ear” Saturday night in War Memorial Stadium as the Razorbacks beat Mississippi State.

“Garrett was any parent or coach’s dream,” Estes said. “He was one of those special kids and had a passion for everything. He loved Catholic High, loves UA and wanted to be a Razorback forever.”

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