Garza, an assistant professor and an orthopedic surgeon, passed away in his home in the Bay Area on Tuesday night, according to the release. The cause of his death is currently unavailable.
The team physician started working with the 49ers in 2006 and taught human physiology, sports medicine and exercise anatomy at Stanford, according to the press release. The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday night:
"The 49ers organization has been informed of a tragedy. We were saddened to learn Dr. Dan Garza died unexpectedly Tuesday. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this trying time."
According to the school's news release, Garza was in charge of extensive studies on the risk of concussions by fitting athletes, including Stanford football players, with mouthpieces that measured the impact and frequency of collisions. He specialized in the prevention of traumatic brain injuries among the student athletes.