Star teen athlete dies after ‘accidentally shooting himself in hip with handgun’

A promising teenage sportsman has died after accidentally shooting himself in the hip with a handgun, according to reports.

Ty Jordan was a student at the University of Utah where he was making waves as a star on the field of American Football.

However, the 19-year-old tragically died on Boxing day after being involved in a handgun accident in the early hours of the day.

Police were called to a property responding to sounds of a gunshot where they discover the injured sports enthusiast.

He was rushed to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead – with police believing the shooting was an accident.

TMZ reported the incident and claim police told them: “the victim shot himself in the hip with a handgun.

“That would certainly suggest it was accidental, but police would offer no additional details.”

Tributes have been paid to Mr Jordan, with many commending the tragic teenager on his sporting prowess.

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Head Coach Kyle Whittingham said on Saturday, "Words cannot express the devastation and heartache that our team is feeling right now upon learning of the tragic death of our teammate and brother, Ty Jordan.

“Ty's personality and smile were infectious and he made a huge impact on our program in the short time he was with us."

The Coach added: "All of us in the Utah Football Family want to say we love you Ty and may you rest in peace."

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The Utah Football club issued a message of condolence over Twitter, writing: “Rest In Peace, #22. Forever in our hearts. We love you, Ty.”

While a fellow player tweeted: “Rest In Peace Ty. Can’t believe your gone. Grateful our lives crossed paths. You will forever be missed.”

And another wrote: "This is unreal. Honestly can’t believe this. RIP Ty Jordan. An absolute star on the field with an amazing future ahead of him, lost way too soon. This is truly tragic."

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