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Vanderbilt’s Cockrell loses battle to cancer

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Vanderbilt Commodores tight end Turner Cockrell has passed away. He was battling melanoma cancer for the past year.

The 21-year-old died in Acworth, Georgia surrounded by his family. No arrangements have been made at this time.

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“My heart is broken for Randy (Turner’s father), Noelle (Turner’s mother) and the Cockrell family, for all of Turner’s teammates, and for all who came in contact with Turner,” Mason said in a news release. “Turner had a wonderful spirit and fought an incredible fight. He was a Vanderbilt man through and through, and he will always be remembered here.”

He did not play in a game this season as he battled his cancer. With his treatment, it was impossible for him to focus on football.

Cockrell also did not play in any games during his freshman year in 2017.

Throughout the season, the team has made tributes to Cockrell. In Saturday’s game, the team wore No. 82 decals on their helmets in a 38-13 win over the Tennessee Volunteers.

“My heart is broken for Randy (Turner’s father), Noelle (Turner’s mother) and the Cockrell family, for all of Turner’s teammates, and for all who came in contact with Turner,” Mason said in a news release. “Turner had a wonderful spirit and fought an incredible fight. He was a Vanderbilt man through and through, and he will always be remembered here.”

The Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey wore No. 82 on Thursday night against Charles Southern. Rainey and Cockrell were teammates.

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