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Former Notre Dame RB George Atkinson III Passes Away at 27

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The football world has suffered a tragic loss.

Notre Dame alum and former NFL running back George Atkinson III has passed away at the age of 27. The cause of death is still unknown.

Atkinson, son of longtime Oakland Raiders defensive back George Atkinson Jr., lost his twin brother Josh in January due to an apparent suicide. Atkinson has reportedly been dealing with depression since then and right now it's believed -- but NOT confirmed -- he suffered the same fate.

Former teammates have expressed their condolences and support for the Atkinson family.

Atkinson's mother suffered from paranoid schizophrenia when the twins were children and she passed away due to complications stemming from Crohn's disease not long before Josh's death. Atkinson addressed this in an open letter in November.

Atkinson played three years at Notre Dame as a running back and return man. He was an honorable mention All-American as a returner his freshman year by Sports Illustrated. He was also a member of the Fighting Irish's track and field team and finished second in the preliminary 100-meter dash at the 2012 Big East Championships.

Atkinson played in the NFL from 2014-2018, during which he had stints with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.

Our thoughts are with his family during this unimaginable time.