Nick Bell dead at 20 after cancer battle

Updated: November 2, 2010, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell died Tuesday at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital after a short battle with cancer.

Bell, a 20-year-old from Bessemer, Ala., was diagnosed in late September after experiencing headaches during football practice and had surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a mass from his brain. He had emergency surgery on Monday morning after it was found that the cancer had aggressively spread throughout his body.

"Nick was ...

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