Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis last night. The cause of death wasn't immediately determined.
Nash, 24, collapsed shortly after participating in the game benefiting a foundation named for older brother Darris Nash. The foundation raises money for heart transplant research. It was established last month, after Darris Nash, 25, received a heart transplant.
Damien Nash was brought to Christian Hospital and doctors tried to save him before he was pronounced dead at 6:41 p.m. Central time, according to nursing supervisor Eileen Zwilling. The Broncos and the hospital had no further details.
Sean Coffey, a teammate of Nash's at the University of Missouri, was at the event and told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch there was no indication anything was wrong.
"Everything was normal. . . . We were playing around at the game. . . . He was fine," Coffey told the newspaper. "I give my best to his family. This is crazy. I can't believe this is happening. It was the first time I had seen him in a couple of years. I can't believe he's gone. I'm so happy I got to see him one last time."
Nash is the second Broncos player to die this offseason. Darrent Williams was shot and killed Jan. 1.
"The Denver Broncos organization is once again struck with profound sadness over the tragic loss of one of our players," owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement. This is a tremendous tragedy and our hearts go out to the entire Nash family." . . .
Terrell Owens needs more surgery on his injured right ring finger and might not be 100 percent until training camp.
Dallas Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips confirmed that the wide receiver needs a second procedure on the finger that required surgery last month. . . .
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney voided his contract, and potentially lucrative free agent options could make it difficult for the team to re-sign him. Even though he is coming off an injury, Kerney may top the field of free agent defensive ends. . . .
Lamar Lundy, a member of the "Fearsome Foursome" defensive line for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, has died. He was 71.
Lundy spent his 13-year career with the Rams. He teamed with Merlin Olsenand Deacon Jones-- both Pro Football Hall of Famers -- and Roosevelt Grierto form a mighty defensive line.
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