The Illinois football family has suffered a heartbreaking loss, the school announced Tuesday.
In a press release, the Illini confirmed that former offensive lineman Shawn Afryl passed away Monday. The cause of death was not revealed, although media accounts state that the player collapsed during a workout and died a short time later after being rushed to a hospital.
Afryl was just 22 years of age.
“All of us in the Fighting Illini football family are greatly saddened by Shawn’s passing last night,” Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. “He was a great teammate and a dedicated student. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Afryl took a redshirt his true freshman season in 2010, didn’t play in 2011 and saw action in one game in 2012. He graduated from Illinois in November of 2013, then, the school stated, enrolled at Winona State University (MN) for fall of 2014, where he planned on using his final season of eligibility.
Afryl was working out at Winona in preperation for the upcoming season when he collapsed
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all of those affected by Afryl’s way-too-soon death.
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