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USFL Player Collapses and Dies

August 6, 2001

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ A lineman in a second-tier indoor football league collapsed and died on the way to the locker room following a game.

Curtis Jones, a 35-year-old player with the Utah Lionzz of the United States Inside Football League, collapsed Sunday night at the Santa Fe Station ice arena.

His death follows three others in football in recent weeks.

Jones was taken by ambulance to a Las Vegas hospital as players prayed at the arena. A hospital executive said his heart stopped beating by the time he arrived at the emergency room.

The coroner’s office said an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

On Monday, a funeral was held for Korey Stringer, the Minnesota Vikings tackle who died last week of heatstroke.

A Northwestern safety died Friday following an asthma attack during sprint drills. A Florida freshman collapsed during practice on July 19 and died a week later.

The Fire defeated the Lionzz 35-21 in a playoff game before Jones was stricken. The USIFL has six teams and plays most of its games in Las Vegas.

Jones is survived by his wife and four children.

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