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Oklahoma Sooners Linebacker Austin Box Found Dead At Age 22

Austin Box, one of the Oklahoma Sooners' linebackers, passed away today at the young age of 22. Box was found unconscious at a house in El Reno before being flown to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, and tragically, it was too late for Box as he was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital.

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Box was going to return for his senior season despite earning his college degree last weekend. 

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Oklahoma President David Boren offered these words:

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

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Cause of death at this time is unknown to the public. Needless to say, thoughts and prayers go out to Box's friends and family from everybody at SB Nation Dallas.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.