townsendFlorida A&M interim athletic director Nelson Townsend has died, the school reported Thursday.

“The university lost a dear friend, excellent leader and administrator,” FAMU president Elmira Mangum said in a statement. “We will miss Nelson Townsend. We join his wife and family in mourning this great loss.”

Townsend was taken to a local hospital about 8:30 a.m. prior to a meeting, school officials said.

The cause of Townsend’s death has not been determined.

Townsend, 73, replaced Kellen Winslow, who stepped down in December.


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