Multiple media sources are reporting that former NFL safety Keion Carpenter, who played for the Buffalo Bills and the Atlanta Falcons, died on Thursday while on vacation in Miami. He was 39.
Carpenter's cousin Jamila Smith told the Baltimore Sun that Carpenter had an accident while playing with his son.
"They were running to the car when (Carpenter) slipped, fell, hit his head and slipped into a coma. It was just a freak accident," she said. "He was always healthy; he went to the doctor, ate well and worked out."
A Baltimore native, Carpenter was both the quarterback and star safety at Woodlawn High School, and was also a standout basketball player. He played college football at Virginia Tech before recording 165 tackles and 14 interceptions in his six-year NFL career with the Bills and Falcons.
After retiring from the NFL, Carpenter founded the Carpenter House in Baltimore; according to the foundation’s website, among its goals were “to support the development of healthy homes and environments for low income children to thrive and reach their highest potential for academic success.”
He is survived by his wife, Tonia, and four children.