Former Pitt wide receiver Darius Patton dead at age 19

Andy Lyons

Former Pitt receiver Darius Patton was found dead of a suicide Thursday morning.

Extremely sad news this week as former Pitt wide receiver was found dead Thursday morning of a now-confirmed suicide. He was just 19.

The wide receiver from Poland, Ohio, left the team after playing as a true freshman. He made headlines before last season when he collapsed at practice and was hospitalized. No official reason was given for his hospitalization or his departure from the team. He caught six passes for 25 yards during his brief time at Pitt.

Patton is remembered by his local newspaper as inspiration to younger athletes in the Youngstown area:

Patton was a 2011 graduate of Poland High School where he played football and basketball, and ran track for two years. Considered the Mahoning Valley’s top football prospect for the 2011 class, Patton earned a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh.

“I hope people can remember what a great athlete he was, what a great competitor he was and what an idol he was to so many people,” said former Poland standout Luke Wollet, now a junior safety at Kent State. “I hope that doesn’t get lost.

“There’s so many young kids who grew up playing in their backyards wanting to be Darius Patton.”

Pitt SID EJ Borghetti offered condolences on behalf of the university:

“We are all very saddened to hear this news and give our deepest sympathies to Darius’ family and loved ones,” Borghetti said.

We join EJ in offering our thoughts and prayers to Darius' family and friends. Such a tragedy.

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