National Champion Starter Ivan Douglas Dies at Age 41 From COVID-19 Complications

By Kevin Harrish on October 21, 2021 at 2:29 pm
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Buckeye Nation is grieving.

The Ohio State football community lost one of its own on Thursday as former Buckeye tackle Ivan Douglas passed away due to complications from COVID-19. He was 41 years old.

His former teammate, Chukwuemeka Onyejekwe, who also goes by his stage name Mekka Don, announced the news on Twitter.

Douglas emerged as Ohio State's starting left tackle for the 2002 national championship season after missing the entire 2001 season battling blood clots. He started 12 games at tackle for the Buckeyes in 2002 to help lead them to an undefeated record and ultimately the national title.

Douglas leaves behind his wife, Lauren, and two children, Mason and Greyson. A GoFundMe has been set up to help provide for his family’s expenses.

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