By Ole Miss Media Relations
Bennie F. Abram, 20, a non-scholarship athlete who transferred to Ole Miss from Itawamba Community College last fall, died today at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Abram, a 5-foot-9, 186-pound junior from Southaven (Desoto Central High School) who joined the football team as a safety in January, was taken to the hospital by ambulance after collapsing during the first day of the team’s routine conditioning. The session began early this morning, before classes started. About 15 minutes into the conditioning portion of the session, trainers noticed that Abram was experiencing some difficulty, began administering aid and called 911. Abram died at 12:11 p.m., several hours later.
An exercise science major, Abram was enrolled in Ole Miss’ School of Applied Sciences.
“We are deeply saddened over the loss of this young man. Our hearts go out to his parents and the entire Abrams family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers throughout the days ahead.” – Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones
“This is a tragic loss for the Abram family and the Ole Miss family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. I am thankful to our athletics training staff and the hospital staff for their professional response.” – Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone
“Bennie was a fine young man and a hard worker. He was a great person to be around and a well-mannered young man. His loss is so tragic. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and all who knew Bennie.” – Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt.