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Will McKamey, Navy Football Player, Dies 3 Days After Collapsing

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By Ken Mandel   |   Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 06:31 PM

Navy football player Will McKamey died Tuesday at age 19, three days after collapsing at spring practice.

McKamey's family was with him when he passed away at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, the academy told The Associated Press. He had been in a coma since having surgery Saturday to reduce swelling and bleeding on his brain.

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"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."

In a statement released through the school earlier this week, McKamey's family said their son didn't suffer "a bad hit or unusual or extreme contact" in that practice, the AP reported.

"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," the family said.

McKamey’s father, Randy McKamey, posted a religious passage on Twitter.

Will McKamey played for his father at Grace Christian Academy, but suffered a major head injury as a high school school senior. After undergoing a battery of tests, he was eventually medically cleared to resume playing.

"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 in a statement. "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."

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