Air Force said first responders attempted to resuscitate the Lake Charles, Louisiana, native but were unsuccessful. No specific cause of death has been reported.
From the school:
"Hunter was a standout offensive lineman on the Falcon football team and was well-respected in his squadron," said Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent. "The entire U.S. Air Force Academy mourns his loss, and our hearts and condolences are with his family, his squadron, and all who were touched by this incredible young man."
Brown's teammates were reportedly told of his death before classes on Tuesday and offered "a full complement of support services including Academy chaplains, mental health professionals and others were already in place for cadets, faculty and staff."
Brown, a two-star recruit in the Class of 2020, joined Air Force after a year at the school's nearby prep school and was part of a program that went 10-3 in both of his seasons. According to head coach Troy Calhoun, he was well-liked among the team:
"Our players, staff and entire Academy have been so blessed and fortunate to have Hunter as a part of our lives. He was a pure joy to coach and have as a teammate," said Troy Calhoun, head football coach. "He was tough, a great worker, and no one unselfishly pulled harder for others than Hunter. His mom and dad, Candyce and Dustin, raised a wonderful son who made each of us a better person. We love our great brother, and our thoughts and prayers are with Hunter's incredible soul and his family."