Navy Offensive Lineman David Forney Dead at 22

David Forney

Navy offensive lineman David Forney has mysteriously died at the age of 22, after being found unresponsive in his dorm room, the U.S. Naval Academy announced Saturday.

The Walkersville, Maryland product was found by a fellow Midshipman Thursday night, according to ESPN. He was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:28 p.m., the report said.

The official cause of death has not been determined, but foul play is not suspected.

“Words cannot express our pain and sorrow,” said Navy 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.”

Forney was expected to graduate in May with a degree in political science. He was a member of the 9th Company and was assigned to become a cryptologic warfare officer.

“The entire Naval Academy family – the Brigade of Midshipmen, the faculty, staff, and coaches – are heartbroken over the tragic and unexpected loss of Midshipman David Forney,” said Vice Adm. Sean Buck, 63rd Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Forney played in 39 consecutive games over his final three seasons and was a three-year letter winner.

In his senior year, he started all 13 games at left guard, anchoring Navy’s nation-leading 360.5 yards per game rushing attack.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been scheduled.

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