AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Although the investigation into the death of University of South Alabama assistant coach Kurt Crain is ongoing, it seems as if the cause of his death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The 47-year-old and former Auburn All-American linebacker was found dead in his home Tuesday, and an autopsy will likely be performed Wednesday. But Baldwin County coroner Stan Vinson said that the cause of death was likely a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Crain was suffering from prostatitis, an infection of the prostate, a condition which caused him to miss practices and one of South Alabama's games. Crain had undergone three surgeries during the season and had lost 32 pounds in the early stages of his illness. Most of his prostate had been removed.
Crain had been coaching inside linebackers at the program, which will play its first season in the FBS next year, for three years. This past season, he coached alongside his son, Jacob, who worked with the program as a graduate assistant.
"We've lost a great man, coach and mentor at the University of South Alabama," Jaguars coach Joey Jones said in a university release. "In my opinion, Kurt was one of the best overall coaches I've ever seen. He cared about the players, they respected him greatly, and he was a tremendous football coach and motivator.
Crain is survived by his wife and three children. No further information on his death is available at the moment.