After being hospitalized for what was described as a “medical emergency” earlier this week, student-athlete Bryce Turner died Saturday, according to an announcement by Cal Athletics. Turner was a sophomore cornerback who redshirted his first year with the football program and appeared in one game in 2018.
The immediate cause of death is unknown, but many players in the program have expressed their grief and sympathy via social media, and both head coach Justin Wilcox and athletic director Jim Knowlton released heartfelt messages in a Cal Athletics statement.
“No words can accurately describe the pain we feel in our hearts right now. We’ll always remember Bryce and how he impacted all of us with Cal football,” Wilcox said in the statement.
Man tears won’t stop falling as i type this.. we been rocking since 7th grade at Tetzlaff.. then high school at Bosco now College at Cal. Words can’t explain how i feel but i love you brother. Never would i have thought I’d have to bury one of my bestfriends. See you in heaven. pic.twitter.com/8CBUPRg3dY
— Traveon Beck✨ (@HeyImTray) January 5, 2019
Today, we lost a beloved member of our #CalFamily.
Rest in Peace Bryce Turner. You'll be forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/j8xCObyhCb
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) January 6, 2019
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Because of misinformation from a source, a previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Bryce Turner was 19 years old. In fact, he was 20.