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Devaughn Darling was an American athlete
and Florida State University football player.
The Seminole linebacker was credited with
11 tackles and one sack in seven games
during the 2000 season. Devaughn was
expected to move into the FSU starting
lineup the next season.
His sudden death was said to be related
to the hereditary condition, sickle-cell
trait. An increasing amount of research
has linked sickle-cell trait to sudden
death during strenuous exercise.
While tragedy was certainly not unknown to
the Florida State football team, it was
the first time a death resulted during an
organized school activity.
His twin brother, Devard Darling, was a
receiver for the Florida State Seminoles,
Washington State, and later, wide receiver
for the NFL Baltimore Ravens.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Devaughn Stephen Darling
Date and place of birth: April 16, 1982, Nassau, Bahamas*
Date, time, place and cause of death: February 26, 2001,
at 8:37 a.m., Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center,
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A. (Cardiac arrhythmia)
Father: Dennis Darling, Sr.
Mother: Wendy Darling
Burial site: Forest Park Cemetery and Funeral Home, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Error correction or clarification
* Devaughn Darling was not born in "Houston, Texas"
as a couple of sources erroneously report.
His family didn't move there until he was 12.
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