Alabama State Football Linebacker Awysum Harris Found Dead

The Decatur, Ala., high school standout died of ‘natural causes’ the university says.

Awysum Harris, a standout high school football player from Decatur, Ala., who was preparing for his second year at Alabama State was found dead in his dorm room, the university announced Sunday (July 3).

According to WHNT, a statement from the school reveals Harris, 20,  died from “natural causes.” He was preparing to start his sophomore season for the Hornets and did not see any game action his freshman year as a linebacker. While at Austin High School in Decatur, he recorded 105 tackles and 14 tackles for loss in his senior season.

“Our team is really hurting right now,” said ASU coach Eddie Robinson in the statement. “As a matter of fact, all of us are heartbroken by this loss. Tonight, we prayed together and comforted one another. We will all continue to keep the Harris family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Local station WAFF reports, Harris was found dead on Sunday in his dorm room on the University’s campus in Montgomery.

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“I am deeply saddened to announce to the Hornet Nation Family that one of our student athletes has died from what appears to be natural causes,” Alabama State University President Quinton T. Ross, Jr added in the statement, in part. “This is tragic news for Hornet Nation as we mourn the loss of one of our own. The University will provide support for Awysum’s family, friends and teammates during this very difficult time. I ask that we keep all of them in our thoughts and prayers.”

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said that Awysum Harris was from Decatur, Ga.. In actuality he was from Decatur, Ala.

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