Former Florida safety dies of suicide
SEATTLE (AP) — The
King County Medical Examiner’s Office says that former Florida safety
John Curtis IV has died due to injuries caused by suicide.
The medical examiner’s office confirmed Friday that Curtis died on
Thursday morning in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue with severe injuries
to his head and torso. He was 24 and a native of Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Curtis arrived at the University of Florida in 2004 but did not play.
His 2005 season was wiped out due to a knee injury suffered in
preseason. He returned in 2006 and played mostly on special teams. He
played 11 games in 2007, with his highlight being a blocked punt
against South Carolina early in the game that set up one of Tim Tebow’s
Curtis tore the same knee ligament in 2008 and missed the entire season.
He finished his career with 11 tackles and two national championship rings.
Curtis moved to Seattle after graduating from Florida to be closer to his family.
Florida coach Urban Meyer was shocked to learn of Curtis’ death.
“It’s tragic when a young life is lost,” Meyer said. “I’m not sure how
you describe the loss of life in words. John was a great young man who
was a proud member of our Gator family. We grieve for him, his friends
and his family and pray for their comfort.”
Received 08/06/10 08:36 pm ET