Ryan Keeler, a lineman for the University of Las Vegas, died on Monday in his studio apartment in Las Vegas. Officials do not know what caused his death.
The Clark County coroner is looking into what happened and why he died.
The Associated Press reported that officials are waiting for the results of blood toxicology tests, which could take several weeks.
Robert Wicks, a Las Vegas police officer, said that the investigation will stay open until the coroner and detectives finish their work.
The statement comes after the heartbroken team confirmed the Chicago native’s death on Monday and said he stood out as “an incredible person” during his short career.
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In a statement, UNLV football head coach Barry Odom said, “We are devastated to have lost a member of our Rebel family,”
“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.”
As soon as the news spread, his friends and former teammates rushed to his haunting last post to say how sorry they were.
The player, who is 6’6″ and 275 pounds, posted a picture of himself lifting weights at a squat rack with the caption “Back in that mode.”
People said “#itskeelertime” and “he’s a football star” in the comments.
Both of Keeler’s old and new football teams and coaches have said nice things about him and how good he is at the sport.
Austin Ajiake, a former teammate of Keeler’s, told the local Fox station KVVU-TV: “This year, Ryan was definitely getting ready for a big year, but more than that, he was a great person.
“Never complained, had a great attitude, showed up, and worked every day.
“He was the kind of teammate you wanted around you…
I am broken for his family and offer them my condolences and prayers.”
Last year, the student-athlete moved from Rutgers to play for the Rebels. He or she had won a large number of scholarships.
As a student getting ready to go into business, Keeler got a 3.80 GPA and was chosen for the Academic All-Mountain West team.
He got his first sack in college last October when he played against Air Force.
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He was a redshirt last year and wore #47. He played in seven games and had eight tackles.
Online tributes came from friends and former teammates from Keeler’s high school, Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, Illinois.
“There are no words. Our hearts are heavy. God bless the Keeler family. We love you Ryan,” Nazareth Academy Football sent out a tweet.