The Ohio State community received heartbreaking news this Tuesday involving a member of the 2014 national championship team. Former Buckeyes linebacker Devan Bogard has passed away this week. He was just 27 years old.
Bogard reportedly passed away in an apartment fire in Elyria, Ohio this Tuesday. The Elyria Chronicle is reporting that the apartment fire was not suspicious and was determined to be accidental.
Joe Pronesti, the interim chief of the Elyria Fire Department, said his crew believes Bogard was in his bedroom when he was alerted about the fire. The apartment reportedly has severe smoke and fire damages of about $25,000.
After his career with the Buckeyes came to an end, Bogard became a football coach at Elyria High School. Amy Higgins, the school’s spokesperson, said the team is heartbroken by this tragic news.
Former Ohio State linebacker De’van Bogard, who played for the Buckeyes from 2012-14, was killed in an apartment fire on Tuesday morning. https://t.co/mRPnkUstDV
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 12, 2021
Elyria High School will be providing counseling throughout the week to help out those affected by the loss of Bogard.
Several former Ohio State players shared their initial reactions to this devastating news on Twitter this Tuesday.
Tyvis Powell, who was teammates with Bogard for three years, was also clearly distraught after reading the news.
“It don’t seem real,” Powell said. “Bro was doing everything right. I cannot believe it!”
Our thoughts are with Bogard’s family and friends during this tough time.
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