Air Force Academy reported that a cadet died suddenly on Monday after collapsing while walking to class.
Cadet Hunter Brown, 21 years old, was walking from his dorm to go to class when he suffered a “medical emergency”, the Air Force Academy stated in a statement. Monday was the first day back to class after the winter break.
Brown died after lifesaving measures were taken by first responders. Officials are yet to determine the cause of Brown’s death.
Brown was a sophomore on the Air Force Falcons football squad. Brown was a member of the offensive line, and he appeared in two games in 2022.
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
According to the Air Force Academy, Brown’s sudden death was notified to cadets on Tuesday.
“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness I share with you that we have lost one of our own,” Brig. Gen. Paul D. Moga, a commandant of cadets, told cadets. “He leaves behind friends, grieving teammates, a grieving cadet wing, and a devastated family.”
Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, Academy Superintendent, made a statement in tribute to Brown.
Clark stated that Hunter was an outstanding offensive lineman on Falcon’s football team. He was also well-respected within his squadron. The entire U.S. Air Force Academy is deeply sorry for Hunter’s loss. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and his squadron as well as all those who were affected by this remarkable young man.
Troy Calhoun is the head coach for the Air Force Falcons football club.
Hunter was a blessing to our Academy, our players, and our staff. Hunter was an absolute joy to coach and a great teammate. Hunter was a tough and hardworking individual who never stopped helping others. Candyce and Dustin Hunter’s parents raised a great son that made us all better people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hunter and his amazing family. We love Hunter.
According to the Air Force Academy, Brown’s tragic demise is being investigated by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.