Kevione Faulk, a staff member of the Louisiana State University college football team and daughter to NFL Super Bowl champion Kevin Faulk, tragically died on Monday at the age of 19.
The LSU Tigers released the statement on her passing, writing, “We are heartbroken with the passing of Kevione Faulk, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Faulk family and all of those who love Kevione.”
The cause of death has not been reported at this time out of respect for the family.
“She was part of the LSU Family, and we mourn the loss of a daughter, a sister, a friend, a classmate and a colleague,” LSU’s statement continued. “We ask that all Tigers keep the Faulks in their prayers and respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Faulk and his family as we mourn the loss of his daughter Kevione,” said LSU head coach Ed Orgeron. “Her smile and personality will be sorely missed in our building. May she Rest In Peace.”
Kevione Faulk’s father Kevin Faulk won three Super Bowl’s with the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. He played in the NFL for a lengthy career from 1999-2011, and then went on to coach as his alma matter, LSU.
The all-time leading running back for LSU from 1995-1998, Kevin Faulk rushed for with over 4,500 rushing yards and was on the coaching staff with his daughter when the team recently won the national championship for the 2019-2020 season. In his freshman year, he won the SEC Freshman of the Year Award, and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. He was also inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2016.
In a legendary LSU game from 1996, LSU trailed 34–14 at halftime to the Houston Cougars, only to come back to win by one point. Though many fans left the stadium anticipating a heavy defeat, Kevin Faulk returned 4 punts for 106 yards, and set a school record for rushing 246 yards on 21 carries. The Houston Cougars couldn’t score once in the second half, and Faulk led the LSU Tigers to a victory of 35-34.
He graduated with a degree in kinesiology, the scientific study of human body movement.
“Heartbreaking news for Faulk and his family,” wrote LSU beat reporter Brody Miller.
“I’m soooooo hurt to hear this,” said friend of the family Ramsey Davis on Facebook. “Was always smiling and laughing man the good really die young… yall please please please keep the Faulk family in your prayers. REST IN PEACE KEVIONE.”
Daesha Renee, one of Kevione Faulk’s middle school teachers at Carencro Middle School in Carencro, La., wrote that she was one of her favorite students. “Always smiling, always respectable with such a great spirit,” she said. “I’m so sorry Beautiful. Heaven has truly gained an Angel. My heart and prayers goes out to your entire family.”
“I’ve known Kevin Faulk for nearly 25 years and he’s one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever met,” said Jacques Doucet, a sports reporter in Baton Rouge, La. for WAFB-TV. “Please pray for Kevin and his family, as they mourn the passing of his young daughter.”
Kevione Faulk’s father Kevin also taught football as Carencro Middle School before becoming the running back coach at LSU.
One of Kevione Faulk’s childhood friends, Felicia Marie Norris, wrote on Facebook that her “heart is shattered,” at the news of Kevione’s sudden passing.
“My friends since we were kids Babygirl, such a beautiful soul,” she said. “God please wrap your arms around them right now. We love you guys & are here for ANYTHING y’all need… Praying for y’all.”