Former NFL player Keion Carpenter has passed away at the age of 39 after suffering what’s been described as a “freak accident” while enjoying family over the holidays.
The retired former Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills player was on family vacation when he ran to the car, slipped and hit his head and ended up in a coma. “They were running to the car when (Carpenter) slipped, fell, hit his head and slipped into a coma. It was just a freak accident,” Carpenter’s cousin told the Baltimore Sun.
“It is with regret that we as a family announce that at 6:47 am Keion Eric Carpenter was pronounced dead , at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, Florida. Keion collapsed while on a family vacation and remained in a coma for 24 hours. Keion(‘s) remains will be flown back to Baltimore for burial,” said they family in a statement, according to TMZ.
Keion was known for his positive attitude and helpful spirit, just as much as his athletic ability. He founded The Carpenter House, a non-profit 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.”
His positivity also shone through on his social media, where he often posted insightful thoughts about life, including this one shortly before his death.
Life is to short!!! Whatever difference you may have with someone if… https://t.co/LazZIZaKhK
— Keion Carpenter (@KeionCarpenter) December 19, 2016
Carpenter leaves behind a wife, Tonia Carpenter, and four children- Kyle, Kennedy, Kierra, and Kymiah.
Photo Credit: Keion Carpenter/Instagram