Joe Jenkins

Kent State Mourns Death Of Starting Center Bitsko

Aug 21, 2014 8:32 AM EST

Kent State University starting center Jason Bitsko was found dead in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment on Wednesday, according to a statement released by the school. Bitsko was 21 years old. 

"Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing," Kent State director of athletics Joel Nielsen said in a statement. "We are heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched."

Team officials called Bitsko's rooommate after the senior failed to report for practice on Wednesday morning. The roommate called 911 after finding Bitsko unresponsive in his bed. 

Bitsko's death was the result of "an undetermined medical issue," according to the KSU statement. 

Bitsko was entering his fourth year with the Golden Flashes and was named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-MAC Third Team.

The school is asking those paying tribute via social media to use #KSUJason54.