Sheriff: Garden City CC football player died of natural causes

GARDEN CITY, Kan. UPDATE - Tuesday, May 9:

19-year-old Sean Callahan, Jr. died of natural causes, according to the Seward County Undersheriff Gene Ward.

Callahan was found unresponsive on Main Street in Kismet over the weekend.

Undersheriff Ward said no other information is available about the case.
Update Monday, May 8: The Seward County Sheriff's Office says the cause of Sean Callahan's is still under investigation and an autopsy will be conducted this week.

Callahan, a recent graduate of Garden City Community College and a member of last season's NJCAA national championship football team, was found dead Sunday afternoon in Kismet, the Seward County Sheriff's Office says.

The sheriff's office says it, along with Seward County EMS responded to the report of an unresponsive male at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Main Street in Kismet.

That male, identified as 19-year-old Callahan, was transported to the Southwest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff's office says.

Callahan was from Gardner in northeast Kansas. He graduated from Gardner-Edgerton High School in 2015.

Monday, the Gardner-Edgerton school district issued a statement from the Gardener-Edgerton High School principal in response to the news of Callahan's death.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family,” said Mark Meyer, principal at GEHS. "When a tragedy such as this affects our school community, our top priority is to focus on the needs of our students and staff. We are a strong and caring community and we will help and support each other through this time."

Callahan's teammates and coaches at Garden City Community College say he was a larger-than-life personality and was quick to make those around him laugh.

"I was very fortunate to have Sean in our program and it was fun to see him grow and mature, and I'm glad I got to spend the time I did with him," GCCC football coach Jeff Sims says.


A sophomore lineman on the Garden City Community College football team has died, the college announced in a Sunday evening news release.

The college says Sean Callahan, from Gardner, died this weekend. It did not provide further information on Callahan's death other than to say its administration received the news from the Seward County Sheriff's Office.

Garden City Community College says Callahan participated in the college's commencement ceremony Friday.

"We do not have details at this point, and we will keep media informed when information on services becomes available," the college says.

"Sean was well-respected, and a tremendous student-athlete. The entire GCC family is devastated by this tragic loss," Garden City Community College President Dr. Herbert J. Swender says.

Sunday night, Garden City Community College football coach Jeff Sims shared the following message:

"I'm sad for Sean's family, friends, teammates, our college, myself, and anyone that had contact with Sean. He truly was growing and developing into a man with a bright future. I believe in God's plan and am very thankful that he blessed all of us with having Sean in our lives. He will continue to be a source of inspiration of how you can develop yourself from a young person who struggled at times to a strong confident college graduate, national champion, and most importantly a great son to his family. I was truly blessed and thankful to know Sean Callahan."

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