18-Year-Old Maine Football Player Darius Minor Dies After Collapsing During Practice

Darius Minor, a freshman member of the University of Maine football team, is dead at age 18. The university confirmed Minor’s passing on Tuesday, July 24, after he collapsed and died during a preseason football workout in Alfond Stadium on campus. The defensive back was participating in the program’s Freshman Workout. According to the university:

He collapsed on the field at approximately 1:15 p.m., 15 minutes into a supervised light workout. Campus athletics training staff and local first responders were unable to resuscitate him.

“Words cannot express the grief we have following this tragic loss,” said UMaine head coach Joe Harasymiak in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Darius’ family and friends during this terrible time.”
UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy added, “The Athletics Department, our student-athletes and the entire campus mourn the loss of this bright and promising member of our community. We ask all to keep him, his family and his friends in your thoughts.”
All of the information we know about Minor’s passing can be seen below.

Darius Minor Cause of Death: N/A

There is no official cause of death at this time. Minor was one of 17 players participating in the freshman workout before he collapsed. Minor died on the field as medical personnel were unable to resuscitate him, according to reports.
“This afternoon the CAA was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of University of Maine football student-athlete Darius Minor,” says CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio. “On behalf of the entire CAA family we extend our deepest sympathies to the University of Maine and Darius’ family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Minor was a 2017 All-Central Virginia first-team wide receiver and second-team defensive back at Orange County High School in Orange, Virginia. A a four year starter, Minor led his district in receptions, yards and touchdowns which earned him All-Jefferson District first-team honors on both sides of the ball.

This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available. 

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