STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Southern Athletics Department has confirmed freshman offensive lineman Jordan Wiggins has died. He was 18 years old.
Wiggins was from Tallahassee, Fla. and played at Florida powerhouse Godby High School. According to his Georgia Southern football bio, he was majoring in electrical engineering.
According to the Bulloch County Coroner, Wiggins’ death has been ruled a suicide by overdose.
A family member called Georgia Southern Police to request a welfare check at Wiggins’ residence hall, according to the university. Officers found Wiggins unresponsive. He was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where he later passed away.
Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford sent a pair of tweets Monday night, including a retweet of Wiggins’ commitment announcement to Georgia Southern from July 2018.
“My heart is broken for Jordan, his family, our team and this university,” said head coach Chad Lunsford in a news release from the university. “Jordan was a great Georgia Southern Man with a bright future. His time on Earth was short, but we know that there is a greater plan, and we must trust that. If he was indeed struggling with some personal issues, I wish the resources that we currently provide our students could have helped more. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone this is affecting.”
Georgia Southern football players and friends have also sent their thoughts and condolences on Twitter.
The Georgia Southern Athletics Department released a statement Monday night:
“The Georgia Southern Athletics Department has received a report of the death of student-athlete Jordan Wiggins. Our thoughts are with the student’s family, friends and classmates. We will provide further information when it becomes available.”
Georgia Southern officials say football practice has been canceled on Tuesday and counselors have been brought in to meet with the team.
“We are devastated to learn of Jordan’s passing,” Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein said. “Although he has only been on campus for a few months, Jordan has left an indelible mark on our program. He was a great person, a great teammate and a great friend to the entire Georgia Southern community. Our deepest condolences and heartfelt thoughts go out to the Wiggins family, and all those who knew and loved Jordan.”