A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman who was also a player on the school’s football team died this week after being found unresponsive on Thursday.
The Naval Academy said in a statement shared to Facebook that the cause of David Forney’s death is still being investigated, but foul play is not suspected.
Forney was discovered by a fellow midshipman, and a CPR-certified midshipman administered resuscitation efforts before first responders arrived at Bancroft Hall, where Forney was found.
The 22-year-old was an offensive guard on the Navy football team. He was named First-Team American Athletic Conference and First Team All-East, CNN reported. He was the anchor of an offensive line that set a record for the school and led the country in rushing.
“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,” Vice Adm. Sean Buck, 63rd Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, said in the Friday statement. “On behalf of the Naval Academy family, my wife, Joanne, and I extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the Forney family, their friends, as well as to David’s extended Naval Academy family.”
Forney was a member of the 9th Company and was a political science major. He was assigned to commission as a “cryptologic warfare officer” in May.
Forney’s football coach also expressed his condolences after the player’s death.
“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.”
School officials called him a “hard charger” on and off the football field.
Forney is survived by his parents, Erika and Rick, in addition to three siblings: Chris, Rebekah and Erik.
Another Midshipman, Duke Carillo of Flower Mound, Texas, died Feb. 8 during a semiannual physical readiness test, according to a statement on the Naval Academy’s website.