Air Force Academy offensive lineman Hunter Brown died in January after experiencing a medical emergency as he left his dormitory for class.
He was 21.
“With heavy hearts we share the loss of a cadet. C3C Hunter Brown died Monday after suffering a medical emergency while on his way to class. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, teammates and fellow cadets,” the U.S. Air Force Academy tweeted.
With heavy hearts we share the loss of a cadet.
C3C Hunter Brown died Monday after suffering a medical emergency while on his way to class.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends, teammates and fellow cadets.#NeverForgotten pic.twitter.com/amPlznZqTC
— U.S. Air Force Academy (@AF_Academy) January 10, 2023
The U.S. military had a COVID-19 jab mandate policy until December 2022.
The Pentagon rescinded the mandate after it was pulled out of the National Defense Authorization Act that was approved in December.
BREAKING: The Pentagon has ended its COVID vaccine mandate for the U.S. Military after Kevin McCarthy demanded that it be pulled out of the National Defense Authorization Act that was approved last month. pic.twitter.com/xvP5DG1XKs
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 10, 2023
The Air Force released this statement after Brown's death:
The El Paso County Coroner’s Office shared Hunter Brown's autopsy report with KKTV 11 News after the outlet requested it.
According to KKTV, the 21-year-old Air Force cadet likely died from a "pulmonary thromboembolism due to deep vein thrombosis, likely tied to an injury sustained during football practice."
— James Cintolo, RN FN CPT (@healthbyjames) February 5, 2023
The full opinion from the autopsy report can be read below:
“Based on the history, scene investigation, autopsy, virology, and toxicology findings, it is my opinion that Hunter Brown, a 21-year-old white male, died as a result of pulmonary thromboembolism due to deep vein thrombosis resulting from Lisfranc injury of the left lower extremity. The overall findings are consistent with this being an accidental death originating from an injury sustained during football practice several weeks prior to death.”
The autopsy report was signed by Dr. Jarod Murdoch.