Sash's cause of death is unknown at this time

By Naja Rayne
Updated September 08, 2015 07:50 PM
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Former Iowa Hawkeye safety, Tyler Sash, has died, multiple reports confirm. He was 27.

Authorities in Oskaloosa, Iowa – Sash’s hometown – said they were called to the athlete’s home around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, NBC Channel 13 reports.

Sash’s body – currently in the custody of the State Medical Examiner’s Office – will undergo an autopsy on Wednesday to help determine the cause of death, which is currently unknown.

“Sash’s death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected,” the police department said.

From 2008-2010, Sash played football at the University of Iowa. He entered the draft after his junior season in college.

He was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round and went on to win a Super Bowl with the team in 2012, but was cut by the Giants before the 2013 season.

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa’s coach, postponed his regularly scheduled Tuesday news conference, but addressed Sash’s death in a statement released through the school.

“We are all very saddened to hear about the untimely loss of Tyler,” Ferentz said. “It is always so difficult when it involves someone this young. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Tyler’s family during this extremely difficult time.”