Ex-NFL player Keion Carpenter died Thursday morning after collapsing during a workout earlier this week. He was pronounced dead, at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, Florida. ” Keion collapsed while on a family vacation and remained in a coma for 24 hours. Keion('s) remains will be flown back to Baltimore for burial,." the family announced.
The 39-year-old Carpenter, a standout player at Virginia Tech in the late '90s, was working out on a family vacation when he collapsed and fell into a coma. He was suffering a brain aneurysm while running in Florida during the family vacation. The Baltimore native had also a six year NFL career with the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. He played in 83 games during his NFL career. Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer called Carpenter a "tenacious punt blocker and a relentless player on defense," in a statement. Carpenter is also known as one of the few players to have a successful spinal fusion surgery and return to football, playing for three years after the surgery After his playing days, Carpenter turned to philanthropy and started The Carpenter House charity in Maryland to aid families from disadvantaged backgrounds.