Dave Martin, a longtime Associated Press photographer who began his career at the Lakeland Ledger more than three decades ago, died after collapsing on the Georgia Dome field after the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night.
Martin, 59, ran onto the field immediately following Texas A&M’s 52-48 win over Duke and took photos of Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin being doused with a water bucket by his players. Martin continued to take celebration shots before collapsing.
Martin suffered an apparent heart attack and was administered CPR on the field. He was placed on a stretcher and taken to Emory Hospital Midtown where he died early Wednesday morning.