COLUMBUS, Ga. - Jed Bedford, a prolific 3-point shooter who captained Columbus State’s basketball team, died Sunday about an hour after collapsing during a practice.
Bedford, 21, was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Muscogee County Coroner told university officials that cardiac arrest was the cause of death.
“One of my greatest fears as a coach was realized today,” Columbus State coach Herbert Greene said. “These players are like family to me and to each other. It’s hard to even comprehend how something like this could happen.”
Bedford, a senior from Leesburg, Fla., led NCAA Division II with 135 3-pointers last season. This season, he was averaging 21.4 points. He had 13 points, 11 assists and seven steals in his last game, a victory over North Carolina-Pembroke on Dec. 6.
“This is a terrible tragedy, the kind that we all hope we never have to deal with,” Columbus State president Frank Brown said. “Jed was a well-known student athlete who represented the university well.”
Columbus State has indefinitely postponed its home game scheduled for Tuesday night against North Carolina Central.
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