Former Virginia Tech, NFL safety Keion Carpenter has died

Defensive back Keion Carpenter #29 of the Atlanta Falcons on the sideline during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 25, 2005 in Orchard Park, New York. The Falcons defeated the Bills 24-16. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Defensive back Keion Carpenter #29 of the Atlanta Falcons on September 25, 2005. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Former Virginia Tech and NFL safety Keion Carpenter has died.

Virginia Tech Football tweeted Thursday morning that his family confirmed his death.

On Wednesday, Carpenter’s family had reported that he was hospitalized.

Former Hokies head coach Frank Beamer issued a statement on Carpenter’s death.

“Cheryl and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Keion Carpenter. Keion was one of the rocks around which we built our program at Virginia Tech in the 1990s. He was a tenacious punt blocker and a relentless player on defense. More importantly, he had a heart of hold. His work with The Carpenter House and other charitable organizations to help those in need truly embodied the Virginia Tech spirit. Our condolences to Keion’s family on the loss of a great Hokie.”

The school has not commented on the circumstances around Carpenter’s death.