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Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Oklahoma football program was rocked today by the death of starting middle linebacker Austin Box. Box, 22, was found unresponsive at a house in El Reno this morning, and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in nearby Oklahoma City. He was later pronounced dead.

KFOR 4 in Oklahoma City was the first to report that the medical examiner's office confirmed Box's passing, but no details past that have been officially released as yet. The Tulsa World has reported that the medical examiner's office does not expect a cause of death to be known today.

According to a report by Fox 25 in Oklahoma City, the police report notes that Box took an unnamed "controlled dangerous substance," and that his death was likely an overdose. 

Oklahoma president David Boren released this statement today:

"The University family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of student-athlete Austin Box. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

Also, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione released this statement:

"Austin Box will be greatly missed by his many friends and teammates in the Athletics Department and all across campus. Grief counseling is being made available to members of the team and his close friends."

As The Oklahoman reports, head coach Bob Stoops is currently overseas.

Needless to say, this is horrible news for Oklahoma and the Box family, and horrible news for the rest of college football -- especially just days after the passing of Alabama lineman Aaron Douglas. 22 years is far too young for anybody to pass away, far too short a life to live, and we offer our condolences to all affected.

Comments

Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

And who are you? How do you know the family confirmed it? I doubt you know anything, because the family wouldn't say anything right now. So keep your BS comments to yourself and respect the family.



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

I am not sure why everyone is so upset about the speculation.  Especially because it is true.  He passed away from overdose, sources close to the family in Enid, OK confirm it.






Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away




Maybe this quote from the article is where someone surmised that drugs might have been at play?

I too beilieve it tragic that such a young life is snuffed out when he obviously had so much going for him. It does not matter the reason for his passing, it is still a sad event.

Prayers to his family.



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

I agree with lynniebugOKC,  this was someone's child, have a heart and pray for the family not destroy their child's reputation



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

While this is certainly tragic, berating someone for guessing that it might have had something to do with drugs or alcohol on an amatuer comment board is just ignorant. Austin Box had, in the past, shown the public that he enjoyed to dabble in the party scene, and statistics point to drugs and alcohol being the culprit most of the time in situations like these. I don't think there was any disrespect being shown. It was just a guess by a fellow human being.



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

I am just heart-broken. And more so when people make just nasty, disgusting comments w/o thinking about his family, friends, and we who are fans. This is a HUMAN BEING with a family, give them the respect you would wish if you had just lost your own child, please.

I'm praying for the  Box family and Austin's team mates. I hope everyone will join me.

Thanks




Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

I am just heart-broken. And more so when people make just nasty, disgusting comments w/o thinking about his family, friends, and we who are fans. This is a HUMAN BEING with a family, give them the respect you would wish if you had just lost your own child, please.

I'm praying for the  Box family and Austin's team mates. I hope everyone will join me.

Thanks




Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

Why is it everytime a young athlete dies, someone has to start a rumor of drugs? Have some decency and mourn for this young man, his family, friends and team mates. This is tragic regardless of cause. GBR



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

Horrible, horrible news.

Many thoughts and prayers sent towards Austin's family, friends, and teammates.



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box passes away

Why would you assume that based on the text of this story?  That's quite a leap and reckless accusation.


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