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Broncos RB Damien Nash Passes Away

The tragedies just continue to pour in for the Denver Broncos. The team lost another player when 24-year old running back Damien Nash passed away following a charity basketball game in St. Louis on Saturday. Nash's passing comes less than two months after the Broncos lost rookie cornerback Darrent Williams to a drive-by shooting following their final game of the season.

"We have been informed of the passing of Damien Nash," said team spokesman Jim Saccomano. "We are attempting to get more details. ... We do know it's true."

The cause of death was not yet available. The game he was playing in was for a foundation named after his older brother, Darris Nash, who was 25 years old. Darris had received a heart transplant last month. According to former Missouri receiver Sean Coffey, who was at the event, nothing appeared wrong with Nash during the game.

"Everything was normal. ... We were playing around at the game. ... He was fine," Coffey stated. "I give my best to his family. This is crazy. I can't believe this is happening. It was the first time I had seen him in a couple of years. I can't believe he's gone. I'm so happy I got to see him one last time."

Lee Baker, who was a teammate with Nash at Coffeyville, was scheduled to have dinner with Nash following the game.

"We still don't know what happened. He looked in great shape. He had four 3-pointers. He had a big smile on his face. There was no indication," Baker stated to The Associated Press. "He was a great guy. It's hard to believe. I want to think I'm dreaming. I was looking at him today, and thinking how proud I was of him. I was so happy for him."

Nash was a fifth-round draft pick in the 2005 draft by the Tennessee Titans. He would have been with the Titans roster last season if they had not been so stacked at running back. Instead, the Broncos signed him in free agency. Nash played in three games with the Broncos, carrying the ball 18 times for 66 yards.

"The Broncos family has suffered a great loss with the passing of Damien Nash," said Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan. "I am stunned and deeply saddened by this tragedy, and send my deepest condolences to Damien's family."

My condolences go out to the family that Nash has left behind. If you guys have time, check out Mile High Report, our Denver Broncos affiliate, for more information on this story.