NFL player Keion Carpenter is dead at 39 after hitting his head during a family vacation.
The NFL star is survived by wife Tonia, as well as his four children, Kyle, Kierra, Kennedy and Kymiah.
“They were running to the car when he slipped, fell, hit his head and slipped into a coma. It was just a freak accident,” said Jamila Smith, Carpenters cousin. “He was always healthy; he went to the doctor, ate well and worked out.”
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After his retirement, the former NFL defensive back had reportedly dedicated himself to The Carpenter House, his charity organization which “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,” according to its website.
According to The Carpenter House’s website, the non-profit has reached more than 3,000 families and children.
“His work with The Carpenter House and other charitable organizations to help those in need truly embodied the Virginia Tech spirit,” Beamer added. “Our condolences to Keion’s family on the loss of a great Hokie.”
Tommy Polley, a former NFL player who had played alongside Carpenter, recalled his former teammate’s commitment to helping children in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun reports.
“The guy was amazing, the way he was out in the streets, helping kids and families day by day. He’d hand out toys and bikes in neighborhoods at Christmas time,” Polley said.
(H/T Daily Headlines)