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Nick Bell, Mississippi St. Bulldogs DE, Dead After Skin Cancer Battle

Twenty-year-old Mississippi St. Bulldogs DE Nick Bell passed away today due to cancer. After complaining of headaches about a month ago, Bell underwent surgery for a tumor in his brain, but apparently the cancer spread throughout his body. Doctors also removed a cancerous lesion from his forehead two years ago, which seems to be related. He passed away at University of Alabama-Birmingham hospital.

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The sophomore from Bessemer, Alabama started against the Georgia Bulldogs in Mississippi St.'s win earlier this season, one of his two career starts. His other start was against the Auburn Tigers. He also played against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Starkville last season, collecting a handful of tackles.

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The university is setting up a memorial fund.

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Visit For Whom The Cowbell Tolls, our Mississippi St. community, for memories and tributes from Bulldog fans. College football communities Every Day Should Be Saturday and Team Speed Kills have also paid their respects.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.