22-year-old Midshipman found dead at US Naval Academy

Posted at 8:18 AM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 17:09:35-05

ANNAPOLIS, md. (WMAR) — The U.S. Naval Academy has confirmed that Navy football senior offensive lineman David Forney died Thursday night after being found unresponsive in Bancroft Hall. He was 22-years-old.

The cause of death is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected.

This Academy says Forney started all 13 games at guard for the Midshipmen and was the anchor of an offensive line that set a school record and led the nation in rushing, averaging 360.5 yards per game.

“Words cannot express our pain and sorrow,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. “First and foremost, our deepest condolences to the Forney family. The Navy Football Brotherhood is not a team, we are a family. We are devastated to have lost one of our brothers. We all loved – and will always love – David. We pray for strength during this most difficult time.”

The death comes two weeks after 21-year-old Duke Carrillo collapsed and died during the academy's semi-annual physical readiness test.

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