Quentin Groves, former Auburn star and NFL linebacker, dead at 32

Former Auburn star and NFL linebacker Quentin Groves has died, the school confirmed on Saturday. He was 32.

“The Auburn family is deeply saddened by the passing of AU great Quentin Groves,” the football program’s official account tweeted on Saturday. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates.”

No official cause of death was immediately released, but Luke Easterling of USA Today reported that Groves suffered a heart attack.

At the 2008 NFL draft combine, Groves was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which essentially is an accelerated heartbeat caused by additional passageways leading to the heart, and he underwent ablation surgery to correct the issue.

Quentin Groves, seen here with the Titans in 2014, was a second-round pick of the Jaguars.

Quentin Groves, seen here with the Titans in 2014, was a second-round pick of the Jaguars.

(James Kenney/AP)

A two-time All-SEC selection for the Tigers, Groves was a second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008. He played 100 games over seven NFL seasons with Jacksonville, Oakland, Arizona, Cleveland and Tennessee.

“Very sad to hear the passing of one of my friends/fellow War Eagle @QuentinGroves,” former Auburn and NFL linebacker Takeo Spikes tweeted. “Gone at 32 years young. R.I.P #ManOfSubstance #WarEagle”

Groves was in Trinidad celebrating his daughter’s birthday at the time of his death, according to a report by Auburn247sports.com. He is survived by his wife, former Auburn track athlete Treska Baptiste, and two children.

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