UA football player dies

By Monty Phan

Arizona Daily Wildcat

University of Arizona football player Damon Terrell, who had been hospitalized since Aug. 10 after collapsing during a conditioning run, died last night at University Medical Center. He was 21.

A hospital spokesman confirmed Terrell had died, but would not release any information at the family's request. Attempts to reach his family at their Los Angeles home were unsuccessful.

Tests performed after the collapse revealed Terrell had had a ruptured spleen, but complications resulting from the Aug. 11 surgery kept him hospitalized and at times listed in critical condition.

"(Because of) the integrity of the situation, I can't say anything at this time. I apologize for that," said UA athletic director Jim Livengood.

Neither head coach Dick Tomey, who told the team of the death in the locker room after the game, nor any of the players would comment.

Terrell was a 6-foot-3, 246-pound senior who was expected to start at tight end prior to the 1995 season.

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