Kansas College Football Player, 19, Dies After First Day of Practice

A football player preparing to start his freshman year of college died tragically after completing his first day of practice with his new team, PEOPLE confirms.

Braeden Bradforth was discovered in a “medically distressed” state while near his dorm room at Garden City Community College in Kansas after going through conditioning drills with the team on August 1. According to the Garden City Telegram, a certified team trainer called an ambulance after evaluating Bradforth, who was then transported to nearby St. Catherine Hospital. Once there, doctors pronounced the 19-year-old dead around 11:30 p.m. local time — just two hours after he was found.

While an autopsy will determine Bradforth’s official cause of death, the Broncbu