Former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen dies in car accident

Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (43) celebrates with fans after their win 35-16 over Samford in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Philip Lutzenkirchen, a member of the 2010 Auburn National Championship team and one of the schools most popular players in recent years, has reportedly passed away in a car accident early Sunday morning. The news first appeared on Auburn Undercover early on Sunday.

WIAT 42 is working to get more information on the accident that took the life of the 23-year-old Lutzenkirchen. We will continue to bring the latest as soon as the information has become available.

The following information was released by the Associated Press:

“LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) – Georgia state police say a former Auburn University tight end has died in a one-car crash in western Georgia. Authorities say 23-year-old Philip Lutzenkirchen was ejected from a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe when it overturned several times near LaGrange, Georgia early Sunday morning. Investigators say 22-year-old Joseph Ian Davis was driving and was partially ejected from the vehicle. Authorities say blood was drawn from Davis to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Troopers say 22-year-old Elizabeth Craig of Eatonton, Georgia and 20-year-old Christian Case of Dadeville, Alabama were injured in the crash and were taken to the West Georgia Medical Center. Lutzenkirchen of Marietta, Georgia was a graduate of Lassiter High School and is ranked first in touchdowns by a tight end in Auburn University history with 14.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)”


Former teammates, coaches, and Auburn officials have taken to Twitter to remember their friend.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News.

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