Aaron Douglas Found Dead:
Multiple sources have confirmed that Alabama offensive lineman Aaron Douglas has been found dead in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Douglas was only 21 years old.
John Taylor of NBC Sports reported that Douglas’ former high school coach had confirmed the news with a local newspaper.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Douglas was found dead late Wednesday night in Jacksonville, Fla. He was just 21 years old.
Douglas’ former high school coach confirmed the news to the paper.
“Yes he is dead I cannot talk right now but am deeply saddened by this tragedy,” Maryville (Tenn.) coach George Quarles texted the paper.
Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy also addressed his death via Twitter. “RIP Aaron Douglas. Enjoyed what little time I spent with you and I know you will be watching over us,” McElroy tweeted.
Subsequent to the initial reports, the school confirmed Douglas’ passing via a press release containing a statement from head coach Nick Saban.
“It is a tragedy anytime you lose someone close to you and even more so when it is a member of your family,” said Saban. “Aaron was a part of our family and always will be a part of our family at Alabama. He was an outstanding young man and we were excited about what he had accomplished as a player and a person in the short time he was with us.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, David and Karla, who are two of the best people you will ever meet and the love they had for their son was something very special. As a father, there is nothing we can say to describe the loss of a son. Our Alabama family has sustained a tragic loss and the Alabama family is grieving that loss. We will be here to support Aaron’s family in any way we can.”
On behalf of everyone here at Bleacher Report our condolences go out to the family and friends of Aaron Douglas.
We will be working to keep you updated on any relevant or new information regarding the situation.