University of Utah football star Ty Jordan has sadly passed away at the age of 19. The up-and-coming athlete was previously named Freshman of the Year.

An up-and-coming football star has sadly died at the age of 19. Ty Jordan, who was a freshman running back at the University of Utah, passed away on December 26 after accidentally shooting himself in the hip, authorities confirmed. The Denton Police Department in Texas told HollywoodLife that officers responded to reports of a shooting at 9.38pm on December 25. “We did arrive and we did find a single victim with a single gun shot wound. Life saving measures were taken and he was transported to a local hospital by our fire department,” the spokesperson said. Here’s 5 things to know about Ty.

1. Ty was pronounced dead after being transported to hospital. The Denton Police Department confirmed to HL that the victim died after he was taken to a local hospital. They also said, “It is believed to be an accident … following a preliminary investigation. We have no reason to believe that it was not an accident at this time.”

Ty Jordan has sadly passed away. Image: AP

2. His coach paid tribute to him. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the team was devastated. “Ty’s personality and smile were infectious and he made a huge impact on our program in the short time he was with us,” he said in a statement to ESPN. “He leaves an indelible mark on each of us and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. From the bottom of our hearts, all of us in the Utah Football Family want to say we love you Ty and may you rest in peace.”

3. Ty had a stellar Freshman Year. He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year after running for 597 yards with six touchdowns on 83 carries throughout five games he played for Utah.

Ty Jordan was a football star at the University of Utah. Image: AP

4. Utah President Ruth V. Watkins offered her condolences. “On behalf of the entire University of Utah, our love and condolences to Ty Jordan’s family, friends, teammates and coaches. We are devastated by this heartbreaking news. To watch Ty on the field was to be thrilled by his athleticism and talent. Rest In Peace, Ty,” she tweeted on December 26.

5. He originally hails from Texas. Ty was from Mesquite, Texas, and attended West Mesquite High.