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08/06/2010 12:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Curtis Suicide? Former Florida Safety Dead At 24

Former Florida Gators safety John Curtis is dead, OnlyGators.com reports. He was 24 years old. According to the web site, Curtis's death is thought to be a suicide.

Joe Haden, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and a fellow former member of the Gators secondary, wrote a farewell note to Curtis on Twitter: "U never know how much u truly love someone until they r gone!! R.I.P John Curtis #24! U will be missed!!!! #lifeis2short!," the Cleveland Brown tweeted.

Dee Webb, another ex-Gator who currently plays Arena football in Jacksonville, tweeted about the reported death as well: "R.I.P to my former teammate JOHN CURTIS 24......we go miss u hommie..."

Curtis played special teams for Florida in 2006, when they won a national championship. In 2008, Curtis tore his ACL and never played college football again.

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U never know how much u truly love someone until they r gone!! R.I.P John Curtis #24! U will be missed!!!! #lifeis2short!less than a minute ago via mobile web

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R.I.P to my former teammate JOHN CURTIS 24......we go miss u hommie...less than a minute ago via Twitstat Mobile

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