Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Paul Duncan dead at 35 following ‘cardiac arrest’ event during run

A former star football player for Notre Dame University who also briefly played in the National Football League died last week at an astonishingly young age.

Paul Duncan, who played as an offensive lineman for Notre Dame and the Denver Broncos, passed away at age 35 following a reported “cardiac arrest” incident, according to the Daily Wire.

The tragic news was first reported on social media by Duncan’s now-widowed wife Ellen and appears to have been confirmed by a media outlet focused on the famed university located in South Bend, Indiana.

Suffered cardiac arrest during a run

In a post to Instagram on Saturday, Ellen Duncan wrote, “Yesterday, Friday July 15th, Paul went into cardiac arrest while on a run in our neighborhood. Today he was pronounced brain dead. We will have a medical examination to understand cause of death.”

“His body will be donated to people in need of organs and to medical research,” she added. “Details on funeral arrangements to follow. Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

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Star lineman for Notre Dame

According to a report Wednesday from ND Insider, the Notre Dame football program was “mourning” the death of Duncan following the news of his loss.

Duncan had played for the Fighting Irish as an offensive lineman during the 2005-2009 seasons prior to graduating from that school. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Denver Broncos but never really had a career at the top level.

“Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Paul Duncan. A great teammate, but more importantly a loving husband and father,” the official account of Notre Dame Football tweeted Tuesday.

Leaves behind a wife and two daughters

According to Duncan’s obituary in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he was a proud Catholic and “Southerner” born and raised in Georgia who had been named the state’s best lineman in high school. Following his time at Notre Dame, he volunteered for a year to build houses for the needy with AmeriCorps before launching a career in construction management.

He leaves behind his wife Ellen, who he met at Notre Dame, as well as their two young daughters, and is further survived by his two parents, three sisters and their spouses, and numerous other extended family members and friends.

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