Officials said that on Thursday, an Upstate University baseball player was found dead in his off-campus apartment. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said that around 12:50 pm, a maintenance worker found the body of 24-year-old Mark Tyler O’Dell. In his Gaffney apartment on Stonecrest Lane.
According to Fowler, Odell played baseball for Limestone University. Fowler said the family reported that they had not been able to reach O’Dell by phone since the last call with him on Wednesday afternoon. He said that O’Dell lived alone and was safe in the apartment.
Fowler said: “I did not see any direct signs of death, but I will wait for the autopsy results before making a ruling on the cause and manner of death.” Fowler said the senior Limestone has lived in Gaffney for the past three years, originally from Alabama.
After transferring from Mercer County Community College, Odell spent his fourth year with the Saints as Assistant Athletic Director of Limestone. Ernest Meyers said in a press release.
He said that he was named the All-League Carolina in 2020 and was elected to the Academic All-League Carolina in 2019. In his first three seasons at Limestone, he played 8 doubles, 1 three-game winning streak, 15 RBIs and 18 hits with a score of 0.267. Meyers said he scored a career-high 0.316 points in 22 games and achieved a 0.444 on-base percentage in 2020.
The school issued this statement: “The Limestone University Track and Field Department is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Tyler O’Dell, a graduate student of the Limestone baseball team (North Hanover, NJ), and to Tyler’s family, friends, teammates, and coach.”
“Limestone asks the entire LimestONEnation to remember Taylor’s family, friends, teammates and coaches in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn his passing and celebrate his life.” The Limestone University Sib Collins Counseling Center will provide support to Limestone students, faculty and staff by contacting Mary Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 864-761-7030.
Limestone students, faculty, staff, and coaches can also use the GameChanger platform through the National Performance Health Center to get 24/7 confidential assistance by dialing 866-684-2007.