Nick Bell to be laid to rest Saturday | News
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - Funeral services for Bessemer’s Nick Bell will be held at Faith Chapel Christian Center in Birmingham Saturday at noon.
Bell, 20, died Tuesday after UAB Medical Center doctors announced that skin cancer had spread to his brain. He attended and played football at Jess Lanier High School, and was a redshirt sophomore defensive end for Mississippi State when he died.
Bell was diagnosed with cancer earlier this fall. Several of Bell's Mississippi State team members traveled to Birmingham Monday night to visit with his family. The team was informed Tuesday afternoon of Bell's passing.
"This is a tragedy for Nick's family, our football program, our community and everyone who had the privilege to meet and be around Nick Bell," Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen said on the team's website. "Nick lived his life like a champion and will always be remembered in our hearts that way. During this impossible time, we pray for Nick's family and all those he has touched."
Bell started in four games and played in 16 for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He played in the first four games of the 2010 season, including starts against Auburn and Georgia. He recorded
22 career tackles, including seven this season.
According to his bio on the team's website, Bell was named as an honorable mention all-metro by the Birmingham News as a linebacker. He led his high school team to a 10-3 record his senior year and into the second round of the state playoffs.
The Mississippi State Athletic Department will establish a memorial fund for the Bell family through the Bulldog Club. Donations can be made by calling 662-325-3074.
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