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19-year-old McKamey, Navy RB from Knoxville, dies

March 25th, 2014 11:42 pm by Associated Press

19-year-old McKamey, Navy RB from Knoxville, dies

Will McKamey (U.S. Naval Academy photo)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy football player Will McKamey, hospitalized since collapsing at practice three days ago, has died while still in a coma. He was 19.

The academy says the freshman running back from Knoxville died at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Tuesday with his family by his side.

He collapsed during spring practice Saturday and was airlifted to the hospital.

"We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey," Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Mike Miller said in a statement on the official Navy athletics site. "This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will's family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy."

Earlier this week, McKamey's family said in a statement released through the school that their son did not sustain "a bad hit or unusual or extreme contact."

McKamey, of the Third Company at Navy, was hospitalized in 2012 with a brain injury while playing for Grace Christian Academy but was cleared to play after seeing four neurosurgeons and undergoing several CAT scans and MRIs, his family said.

He did not play in a varsity game last season.

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