SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 30: A player for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish wears a decal on his helmut honoring Declan Sullivan, a student who was killed while videotaping a Notre Dame practice in high winds this past week, before a game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Notre Dame Stadium on October 30, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Former Notre Dame football player Josh Atkinson has passed away at the age of 25 of undisclosed causes, his family confirmed last night.Atkinson played defensive back and was a special teams mainstay for the Fighting Irish from 2011-13. He was also a standout track and field competitor at Notre Dame.Atkinson’s twin brother George III, a running back, played with him at Notre Dame after the two starred together in high school. They are the sons of legendary Oakland Raiders defensive back George Atkinson.Really awful news. Former Granada High standout Josh Atkinson, son of ex-Raiders star George Atkinson and twin brother of ex-NFL player George III, passed away at age 25. #RaidersNation https://t.co/WZmEHIqoMx pic.twitter.com/GrlOjj9E9c— Jon Becker (@JonBecker28) January 1, 2019George Atkinson III shared a heartfelt Instagram message about his brother last night.“I can’t put into words the pain that comes with losing my twin brother (Joshua Alexander Atkinson) thank you for the love and support please keep Josh in your prayers and respect the space i need to mourn this tragic loss God Bless you all,” he wrote.Sadly, Atkinson is the third Notre Dame player from his era to pass away recently. Running back Greg Bryant was killed in a shooting in 2016 at the age of 21 while defensive tackle Kona Schwenke passed away unexpectedly in April at the age of 25.Our thoughts and prayers are with the Atkinson family.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDigicel, ExxonMobil donates to CDC’s flood relief effortsMay 24, 2017In “latest news”Region 9 flooding intensifies as waters continue to riseJuly 4, 2017In “latest news”Opposition urges swift relief for Kwakwani residents affected by floodingJuly 14, 2018In “Health” The Guyana Government has expended almost $8M from the national coffers so far to support the flood relief efforts ongoing in Regions Seven and Eight which were hit by flash floods this past week when intense rains caused the Potaro and nearby rivers to overtop their banks, displacing or affecting in excess of 3,200 persons.Deputy Director of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Major Kester Craig, today (May 23, 2017) provided an update on the inter-agency relief efforts—even as waters have begun to recede in some areas.Major Craig met with members of the media at the CDC Headquarters, Thomas Lands Georgetown and said so far $2.8M has been spent on the flights alone into the affected areas.Providing an update on the impact of the flood by Region, Major Craig observed that in the Potaro/Siparuni locale, “Farmlands and homes in villages of Kaibarupai, Waipa, Chenapau, Itabac, Kanapang, Kopinang and Sand Hill Settlement flooded.”According to Craig, the flood waters reached as high as 25 feet in some areas.He reported too that in addition to inundated homes, several acres of farmlands have also been threatened—some under water.One of the hardest hit villages, according to Craig, is Kaibarupai; 113 residents were flooded 26 of whom had their homes completely washed away.According to Major Craig, “Residents of Kaibarupai were forced to evacuate uphill and construct temporary shelters.” Chuing Mouth, Kanapang, Itabac, Kopinang, Sand Hill Settlement and Chenapau were among some of the hardest hit areas in Region eight, according to Major Craig.State InfrastructureThe CDC Assistant Director reported that several State owned infrastructure also suffered intense damage and pointed to the health post at Kaibarupai which was flooded.He said the school at Itabac has since shifted and has become unstable.Major Craig reported too that parts of road from Itabac to Kanapang were damaged and is impassable by vehicles and an engineering team from the Guyana Defence Force has since been flown into the area to conduct assessments with a view to effecting emergency repairs.In Region Seven, Major Craig said the full impact of the flooding is still being assessed.He reported however that, villages of Kako, Kamarang (Warawatta), Jawalla, Waramadong, Imbaimadai, Philippai, Amokokopi, Quebenang and Paruima were all flooded.He said all of the farms in Kako have been flooded, some by as much as 15 feet while in Quebenan 80 farms have been affected.According to Major Craig, crops in the farms have already started to wilt as the soil is still water logged. While there has been no outbreak of water borne diseases, the CDC Assistant Director did point to a reported increase in mosquitoes in Kako.Expanding on the relief efforts, Major Craig reported that 327 relief food hampers were distributed in Chenapau, Kaibarupai, Waipa, Sand Hill, Itabac, Kanapang.Other official agencies involved in the relief efforts according to Major Craig, include; the Ministries of Health and Indigenous Affairs, the Guyana Water Incorporated, the Guyana Defence Force and the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) among others.