De’van Bogard, a beloved high school coach and former Ohio State University (OSU) player, was discovered dead in his Ohio apartment on October 12, 2021. The former national championship player is best known for being a member of Ohio State’s first recruiting class in 2012. The school has started a GoFundMe campaign to help Bogard’s son Jaden and his mother. Bogard’s tragic death has impacted not only OSU and the school where he coached, Elyria High School, but the entire football community. Atlanta was devastated when promising player Jaumarcus McFarland was killed by a free-falling elevator in early September. Aaron Lowe, a member of the Utah Utes, was killed in a shooting on September 26, less than a year after his teammate Ty Jordan was killed. Former New England Patriots player David Patten died in the same month. Is Utah Utes jersey 22 cursed?
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While the full circumstances surrounding Bogard’s tragic death have yet to be revealed, we can confirm that his death appears to be the result of a fire that broke out in his apartment. He was 27 years old when he died at the scene in Elyria, Ohio.
What happened to De’van Bogard? According to reports, on the morning of October 12th, a fire broke out at the apartment where Bogard was staying. Smoke and flames were visible from the windows at 283 Washington Avenue, prompting fire crews to respond. Bogard’s body was discovered at the door of his building by the time they arrived and were able to put out the fire. According to Fire Chief Joe Pronesti, the fire reportedly started on the couch in the living room and is currently being investigated as an accident. At this time, no foul play is suspected, though the chief did note the apartment’s lack of working fire alarms.
According to the chief, Bogard was most likely in the bedroom when the fire started and did not get out in time. The cause of the fire is unknown, as is the extent of the damage. “With profound sadness, we are attempting to process the tremendous loss of a very beloved football coach, De’van Bogard,” Elyria High School, where Bogard worked as a football coach, said in a Fаcebook post. We cаn’t express how much he wаs loved, аdmired, аnd respected by the Elyriа Schools community, pаrticulаrly the Elyriа Pioneer Footbаll аthletes, coаches, аnd fаmilies.