UPDATE: Vanderbilt has confirmed the unfortunate news.
Terrible news to share on Friday as multiple outlets from Nashville are reporting that former Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams has died.
Williams served as AD in Nashville until just recently when the school hired Malcolm Turner from the NBA’s G-League to replace him. According to FOX 17 of Nashville, Williams died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Friday.
Williams was the first African-American AD in SEC history. He served in the role for 15 years in Nashville.
“David Williams stood tall on this campus, in this city and in college athletics nationally as an incomparable leader, role model and dear friend to me and so many others. We are devastated by this loss."
– Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos pic.twitter.com/GCakY9oEDr
— Vanderbilt Athletics (@vucommodores) February 8, 2019
SDS will update this story as more information becomes available.