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Iowa State Assistant Coach Bray Dies At Age 43

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AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State defensive ends coach Curtis Bray passed away this morning, athletics department officials confirmed.

No further details were immediately available.

Bray was 43.

He was an original member of Cyclones head football coach Paul Rhoads' staff.

According to his profile on, in 1987, Bray was the first high school defensive player to earn Gatorade National Player of the Year honors.

A native of Monroeville, Pa., he went on the play for the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1990 with a degree in economics.

Bray and Rhoads previously coached together at Bray's alma mater.

Many former players and colleagues posted tributes to Bray on Twitter this morning:

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