UC Berkeley football player Bryce Turner dies aged 19

University of California Berkeley football player Bryce Turner has tragically died at the age of 19. 

Turner passed away on Saturday following a ‘medical emergency’ during a non-team workout last week. 

The sophomore cornerback was hospitalized near his Lakewood, California home on December 30. 

Neither Turner’s family or UC Berkeley has disclosed his cause of death. 

University of California Berkeley football player Bryce Turner has tragically died. He was 19 

University of California Berkeley football player Bryce Turner has tragically died. He was 19 

University of California Berkeley football player Bryce Turner has tragically died. He was 19 

Turner passed away on Saturday following a 'medical emergency' during a non-team workout last week

Turner passed away on Saturday following a 'medical emergency' during a non-team workout last week

Turner passed away on Saturday following a ‘medical emergency’ during a non-team workout last week

Turner was a standout player at St John Bosco High School in Bellflower and spent one year at Long Beach City College before he joined the Cal football team in 2017.

He redshirted for a year with the team before playing in his first game this season.  

‘We are so deeply saddened by Bryce’s passing,’ Cal football coach Justin Wilcox said in a statement. 

‘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 a part of his life.’ 

‘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.’ 

The sophomore cornerback (pictured right with teammate Traveon Beck) was hospitalized near his Lakewood, California home on December 30

The sophomore cornerback (pictured right with teammate Traveon Beck) was hospitalized near his Lakewood, California home on December 30

The sophomore cornerback (pictured right with teammate Traveon Beck) was hospitalized near his Lakewood, California home on December 30

Turner was a standout player at St John Bosco High School in Bellflower and spent one year at Long Beach City College before he joined the Cal football team in 2017

Turner was a standout player at St John Bosco High School in Bellflower and spent one year at Long Beach City College before he joined the Cal football team in 2017

Turner was a standout player at St John Bosco High School in Bellflower and spent one year at Long Beach City College before he joined the Cal football team in 2017

Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton said Turner was a ‘young man with a bright future’. 

‘Our hearts are broken with this unimaginable tragedy,’ Knowlton said in a statement.  

‘His life was taken 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.’ 

‘We will do all that we can to support each other, his family, our students, and the entire Cal community through the grieving process.’ 

Traveon Beck, who played with Turner at both St John Bosco and UC Berkeley, also wrote a tribute to his friend. 

Beck, who played with Turner at both St John Bosco and UC Berkeley, tweeted a tribute to his longtime friend

Beck, who played with Turner at both St John Bosco and UC Berkeley, tweeted a tribute to his longtime friend

Beck, who played with Turner at both St John Bosco and UC Berkeley, tweeted a tribute to his longtime friend

‘Man, tears won’t stop falling as I type this,’ Beck tweeted. ‘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 best friends. See you in heaven.’ 

Turner’s death comes nearly five years after fellow Cal football player Ted Agu died during an off-season conditioning workout with the team. He was just 21 years old. 

UC Berkeley admitted liability for the death as Cal doctors and coaches knew Agu carried the sickle cell trait, a blood abnormality that can lead to death under extreme exertion. 

The school paid Agu’s family $4.75million in the settlement for a wrongful death lawsuit.  

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