Update 2:26 p.m.: More details are expected to be released within the hour. He died in Fernandina Beach, Fla., located north of Jacksonville and close to the Georgia border. We will update as soon as they are received.
Update 3:30 p.m.: A statement from Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones was just released from the school:
“Aaron Douglas was a great teammate and great guy. He was a really hard worker that was having a positive impact on our football team. Aaron was someone I’ve known since high school. We were from the same state, and we were being recruited at the same time. I enjoyed getting to know him, and I was looking forward to having him as a teammate the next two years. His loss is extremely sad, and we are going to miss him dearly. He has a wonderful family and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.”
The University of Alabama just released a statement confirming the death of offensive lineman Aaron Douglas. The emailed statement says he died Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., but no further details were available. He was 21 and a native of Maryville, Tenn.
Tide coach Nick Saban also commented within the release.
“It is a tragedy anytime you lose someone close to you and even more so when it is a member of your family,” said UA head football coach Nick Saban. “Aaron was a part of our family and always will be a part of our family at Alabama. He was an outstanding young man and we were excited about what he had accomplished as a player and a person in the short time he was with us.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, David and Karla, who are two of the best people you will ever meet and the love they had for their son was something very special. As a father, there is nothing we can say to describe the loss of a son. Our Alabama family has sustained a tragic loss and the Alabama family is grieving that loss. We will be here to support Aaron’s family in any way we can.”
Check back for more details as they emerge.
Update: Douglas’ Twitter account was updated as recently as 11:01 Wednesday night.
“Who’s still up right now?!?” was the last update on his page.
One minute earlier, he posted this: “Bout to kick it with my new friends Emily!! #polodown”
Here’s a screenshot of his page.
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