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Ex-Bucs DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim dies at age 30

By Greg Auman
Former Bucs defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, shown during a 2012 game, died Monday at age 30 in Hawaii. (TIMES ARCHIVES)

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, who started 26 games for the Bucs at defensive end in 2012-13, died Monday at age 30, Hawaii TV station KITV reported.

No details were immediately available about his death. After four years in the NFL, Te'o-Nesheim was coaching at Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea.

Te'o-Nesheim, born in American Samoa, was a third-round pick of the Eagles in 2010, but found his best NFL success with the Bucs. He had four sacks and 40 tackles in 2012, starting 14 games for Tampa Bay, and started another 12 games in 2013. Before playing in the NFL, he left the University of Washington as the school's career sacks leader with 30.

"We are saddened by the news of former Buc Daniel Te'o Nesheim's passing," the Bucs' official Twitter account posted on Monday afternoon. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family."