Yesterday was a tragic time for the Golden Bears of California. Redshirt sophomore Bryce Turner died on Saturday, the school has announced. He was only 19.
Bryce Turner from California Dies At 19
Turner was taken to the hospital near his home in California on December 30th. His family described the condition a “medical emergency”. The school did not release cause of death. Sources show it was unclear what Turner was being treated for but the medical emergency occurred during a workout.
Cal coach Justin Wilcox speaks out:
We are so deeply upset by the passing of Bryce. This is an extremely difficult day for everyone. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Bryce’s family, friends, teammates, and so many others who have been part of his life. No words can he accurately describe the pain we feel in our hearts right now. We’ll always remember, Bryce and how he impacted all us with Cal football.
Turner was a transfer from Long Beach City College, played in one game for the Bears this season after redshirting in 2017. He attended St. John Bosco High in Bellflower.
California athletic director Jim Knowlton gives a statement:
“Our hearts are broke with this unimaginable tragedy,”Bryce was a young man with a bright future and a valued member of our football team and the Cal family. His life has come to an end far too soon, and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family, friends, teammates and coaches during this difficult time, and we will do all that we can to support each other, his family, our students and the entire Cal community through the grieving process.”
Cal also had a similar tragedy in 2014, when defensive lineman Ted Agu, who had sickle cell, and died after a team workout in Berkeley.
My thoughts, prayers and symphony goes out to the Turner family, friends and the Golden Bears team of California.
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