New Details Emerge in Sudden Death of 20-Year-Old College Football Standout

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New details have emerged in the sudden death of 20-year-old college football standout Ryan Keeler, who was found dead in his bed on February 20th.

Keeler was reportedly found by UNLV assistant coach Julio Garcia after he arrived for a wellness check on the defensive lineman. TMZ reports that Garcia knocked on Keeler's door and when he did not receive an answer, kicked down the door where he found Keeler unconscious and "cold to the touch." He was also reportedly found with an empty prescription medication bottle near the bed.

Additionally, a friend of Keeler's reportedly said that he had not been feeling well in recent weeks, but had started to improve, even going to dinner with the friend on February 19th. An official cause of death has not been determined at this time.

Keeler originally started his college football career with Rutgers before joining UNLV prior to the previous season.

Head Coach Barry Odom released the following statement in response to his tragic death:

“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. Our condolences and prayers go out to Ryan’s family as we grieve along with them over this tremendous loss.”

In addition to his football playing career, Keeler also earned Academic All-Mountain West honors this past season as a pre-business major.

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