Former NFL player Keion Carpenter, who played for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, died Thursday morning during a family vacation.
His cousin told the Baltimore Sun, “They were running to the car when (Carpenter) slipped, fell, hit his head and slipped into a coma. It was just a freak accident.”
The family issued a statement confirming his death.
“It is with regret that we as a family announce that at 6:47 am Keion Eric Carpenter 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.”
Keion Carpenter was 39 years old and played six seasons in the NFL. He appeared in 83 career games and notched 14 interceptions during his time with the Falcons and Bills.
He was the CEO and founder of The Carpenter House, an organization that “aims to strengthen and empower families from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing access to resources, activities and structured environments that enable them to reach their highest academic and economic potential.”