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Shorter University assistant men’s basketball coach dies

The university said they were "saddened to learn of the tragic death of Coach Ryan Dupree" in a statement.

ROME, Ga. — A Shorter University basketball coach has died. 

Shorter University spokesperson Dawn Tolbert confirmed the death of Ryan Dupree, the university's assistant men’s basketball coach, on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old recently started the job with the university in Rome, Georgia.

"Our prayers are with them and the basketball team in this time of loss," a statement from the university said.

On Tuesday, Deputy Coroner Brent Whatley confirmed Dupree died of COVID-related pneumonia. 

Here is the full statement from Shorter University:

“The Shorter University family was saddened to learn of the tragic death of Coach Ryan Dupree. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with them and the basketball team in this time of loss.”

Credit: Shorter University