Frank Conti, a recent graduate of Stony Brook University and a defensive tackle for Seawolves Football, died today, according to a Stony Brook University Football spokesman. Conti was 23 years old.

Reports of Conti’s sudden death first surfaced on his Facebook page, as friends and teammates left messages on his Wall.

There has not been any kind of confirmation so far as to cause of death, but reports that Conti suffered a heart attack were called “not unlikely” by a Football spokesman, a shocking possibility given Conti’s age.

Think Magazine will continue to report on this story as we learn more information.

UPDATE: The Athletics Department today released a statement on the tragic death of former Seawolves football player Frank Conti:

[quote]Former Stony Brook University football player Frank Conti ’11 died suddenly on Sunday night while working at his summer job. He was 23 years old.

“The Stony Brook football family lost a great person and role model,” head coach Chuck Priore said. “His smile and work ethic was contagious to his teammates, coaches and staff. Frank’s positive impact on our community and football program will last a lifetime.”

Conti, who played in six games in 2010, was one of the most well-liked players on the team. The consummate teammate, he always was smiling and was there for support and encouragement.

“This is a very sad time for the entire Stony Brook University community as we mourn the loss of a great person, teammate and friend,” Director of Athletics Jim Fiore said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Frank’s family and friends.”

A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the St. James Funeral Home on 829 Middle Country Road in St. James. On Thursday, there will be a prayer at the funeral home at 12 p.m., with the burial to follow. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Stony Brook Football Fund for Excellence in Frank’s name. Please make all donations in Frank’s memory payable to the Stony Brook Foundation and send to: Stony Brook Office of External Services, c/o Rob Emmerich, Stony Brook University, Indoor Sports Complex, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3500.

Donations also can be made online at Please be sure to list Frank Conti in the tribute section of the online form.

Conti, who graduated in the spring with a degree in sociology, is survived by his mother, Francine, and father, Charlie.[/quote]