Navy football player, Will McKamey, who had been hospitalized after he collapsed during a spring practice session Saturday morning, died while in a coma, the U.S. Naval Academy announced Tuesday night.
McKamey, a 19-year-old native of Knoxville, Tenn., died at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he had been airlifted after he collapsed Saturday.
“We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey,” Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Mike Miller said, in a statement. “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.”
McKamey’s family had said, in a statement released through the academy earlier this week, that their son did not sustain "a bad hit or unusual or extreme contact" during that practice session.
According to Associated Press, the family said: "The Navy coaches have poured through the films of practice and seen nothing more than Will carrying the football normally, doing what he truly loves.”
McKamey's father, Randy, a high-school football coach at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville, wrote on his Twitter account Saturday that his son had undergone surgery to remove pressure to his brain from the hit he had sustained during practice.
"During this most difficult of times, first and foremost, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their beautiful family," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said about McKamey, an oceanography major in 3rd Company at the Naval Academy. "Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to their entire family and friends. As our Navy football family mourns the loss of one of our brothers, we also celebrate and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates. The Brotherhood loves you! Keep the ball 'high and tight' in Heaven."
The Naval Academy said, in a statement, that funeral arrangements are still pending.