Kent State starting center and senior, Jason Bitsko, died unexpectedly today. Cause of death is unknown. I'm sure all our prayers and well wishings are sent to the entire Kent State family. Link: http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/kent-state-center-jason-bitsko-dies-unexpectedly-in-his-sleep-082014
OT: Kent State football player dies
It's really sad how frequently this occurs; it seems like every year at least one or two players die during fall camp. You obviously have to wait for the autopsy results, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a cardiovascular condition (it seems like heart or blood issues are the most common cause). Given that, I find it really sad that they haven't found a better way to screen these players before these tragedies happen...
It's tragic, for sure, but it's not that surprising that we hear of one or two players dying per year. After all, roughly 12,000 young men play football at the FBS level. I'm no actuary, but it doesn't seem that crazy for an 18-to-22-year-old to have a 1 in 12,000 chance at dying due to some freak occurance.
Cleveland.com is reporting that police believe it was due to an "undisclosed medical condition". Sad.
See above; 100 Monopoly dollars says it was either a heart or blood issue. Prayers obviously go out to the family, but the biggest tribute you could give this kid (and all those before him) are better, more thorough medical screenings to prevent this from happening in the future...
Given he was a lineman, and died in his sleep, it is very possible it was sleep apnea that at least contributed to his death, along with a heart condition. Very sad, it's hard to comprehend what his family is going through now. Wishing them the love and support they will need.
That is terrible. Prayers to his friends and family.
Devastating. Young kid in the prime of his life playing the game he loves and suddenly he is gone. I can't even image, as a parent. God Bless him, his family, and his teammates.
I went to high school with someone in his family (uncle I believe) - very sad.
Helps to keep things in perspective for me. Life is short, love a lot and forgive more.
I hope his family and friends can get through this.
My condolences to his family and those around him.
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Terrible, terrible story. Prayers for his friends/family.
Without knowing anything about him, I'd put my money on undiagnosed HOCM as the culprit.
This sort of thing seems to happen too often this time of year. However, it's not just football. I remember two cases from the court. That young man from (Fenton?) Michigan a year or two ago and John Stewart from Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis about a decade or so ago. In John's case he was a very athletic young man headed to Kentucky to play ball. I hope this is the last of the stories we hear this year. RIP young man.
And Ryan Fischer from Grandville earlier this year who was the captain of his hockey team and died in his sleep the night before the state semifinal game.
Near Saugatuck. Wes Leonard was his name.
MLB ticker said "Unknown medical issue". So unfortunate at such a young age.
I'm guessing heart. Sibling recently had a titanium valve replace the valve in his heart due to being born with and diagnosed with aortic stenosis as a teen. Every time his heart beat it kicked back blood. Too much work and people with it just collapse. No resuscitation. If undiagnosed it's deadly, especially for athletes.
Very sad story. Very sad.