University of Buffalo player Solomon Jackson passes away at 21 after ‘medical emergency’

University at Buffalo Athletics Director Allen Greene today informed the UB Athletics community that student-athlete Solomon Jackson passed away last night. He was only 21. 

“It is with deep sadness that I write to share that we have lost one of our own, UB football player Solomon Jackson, who passed away last night. Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Solomon’s family as together we mourn his tragic and untimely death.

From the outpouring of prayers and support over the past week since Solomon was hospitalized, it has been abundantly clear just how many lives he touched on a daily basis through his contributions and character; as an athlete, as a student, as a friend and mentor to others, and as an active and engaged member of our campus community. As a redshirt-sophomore defensive end from Stone Mountain, Georgia who was pursuing a degree in studio arts, Solomon demonstrated tremendous promise as a student-athlete, both on and off the field.”

The school is unable to release any additional information about his death due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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