The Mississippi State football program is dealing with a tragedy after the passing of offensive lineman Sam Westmoreland, who was just 18 years old. The school announced Westmoreland’s death on Wednesday.
Westmoreland would have turned 19 on Friday.
“The Mississippi State Athletics Family is heartbroken by the sudden death of Sam Westmoreland,” Bulldogs coach Mike Leach said via a statement. “Sam was a beloved son, brother and teammate, and a tremendous young man with a limitless future. He will always be remembered and deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Mississippi State University was deeply saddened to learn of the death this morning of freshman student-athlete Samuel Westmoreland, 19, of Tupelo, Mississippi.https://t.co/cb6YD62bG2
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) October 19, 2022
“The entire MSU Family mourns as our thoughts and prayers go out to the Westmoreland family. Our highest priority is the support of the Westmoreland family and our student-athletes during this troubling time.”
Oktibbeha County coroner Michael Hunt said that foul play is not suspected, but an official cause of death has not been announced.
Our deepest condolences go out to Westmoreland’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.