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    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- University of Alabama men's track senior All-American
    David Kimani, 25, was pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at DCH Regional
    Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. The cause of death at this time is unknown.

    The Tuscaloosa Fire Department and University of Alabama Police
    Department responded to a call at 12:19 p.m. at the dining hall at Mary
    Burke where Kimani had collapsed. He was transported by ambulance to DCH.

    Alabama team physician, Dr. Jimmy Robinson said that Kimani
    "collapsed while eating lunch and was transported to DCH Regional Medical
    Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m."

    UA head track coach, Harvey Glance said, "you just don't know
    the uncertainty of life,

    David was more than just a great athlete but a great person. He thrilled
    the staff, the teammates, the country and the whole world.

    "In all my travels, I never heard one bad thing said about David
    and that's a true testament to him and his life. He always had a smile and a
    positive attitude, but was the fiercest competitor I've ever laid eyes on.

    "His heart was bigger than this state. Most of the talks we had
    weren't about track and field, but about life. My sympathy goes out to
    David's family and to Chamis (wife) and her family. David's gone to a much
    better place."

    "We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of David's death,"
    said Mal Moore, UA's Director of Athletics. "Our thoughts and prayers are
    with his wife Chamis and his family in Nairobi, Kenya. David had a profound
    impact on the international track scene and brought a number of national
    championships to the Capstone."

    Kimani was a six-time national champion and 14-time All-American
    as a member of the Crimson Tide track team. He helped lead the Tide to a
    second place finish at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships. He was also a
    two-time SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Year and won the 1999 NCAA Cross
    Country title as a freshman at the University of South Alabama.

    Kimani won the NCAA 1999 cross county title; the indoor 3,000
    and 5,000 meter runs in 2000 and 2001 and the 5,000 meter outdoor
    championship in 2002.

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    Re: David Kimani dies!

    Sadly, I am sure there will be speculation about drugs.