RadioOnFire.com - Keion Carpenter, a former Woodlawn High School standout and ex-NFL safety, has died at the age of 39 in Miami, Florida at Jackson South Community Hospital, according to a statement released by a family spokesperson.
Carpenter collapsed during a family vacation and was in a coma for 24 hours leading up to his passing.
The Maryland-native played college football at Virginia Tech before signing with the Buffalo Bills in 1999 as an undrafted free agent. He was then traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2002 where he finished out his six-year career.
After his career, he founded The Carpenter House in Baltimore, a nonprofit organization utilized to empower the community through affordable housing, youth athletics and mentorship.
"His strongest connection in the city were the kids within the community," spokesperson Casay Vaughn said. "No matter where he was, he made sure to come back and show them that (anything is possible)."
Diamond K of RadioOnFire.com said the following, "I had the chance to me Keion Carpenter on a few separate occasions. He was a great man that will be missed."
Additional reporting by: Women Luv Sports 2