Ex-Ohio State Football Player Ivan Douglas Dead At 41 After Battle W/ COVID

Ivan Douglas — the left tackle for Ohio State’s famous 2002 National Champion football team — has died after a battle with COVID-19, his family and friends announced.

He was just 41 years old.

Douglas — who helped block for Craig Krenzel and Maurice Clarett in the Buckeyes’ epic upset win over Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl — contracted the virus last month and was placed in the hospital shortly after.

According to a GoFundMe set up in his honor, Douglas was “purple in color and his oxygen level was at 63%” when he entered the medical facility — and he needed to be placed into a medically induced coma a short time later.

Tragically, after weeks of fighting, Douglas’ family and friends said he passed away on Thursday.

“Our family is devastated and ask for your continued love, support and prayers,” a statement on Douglas’ GoFundMe read.

Douglas’ former teammate at OSU, Chukwuemeka Nnamdi Onyejekwe, AKA Mekka Don, also confirmed the news on Twitter … saying, “Our good brother Ivan Douglas has passed away. Please keep his family in your prayers!”

Douglas leaves behind a wife and two children.


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