Nearly a week after he experienced a “medical emergency” during a non-team workout, 20-year-old University of California defensive back Bryce Turner died.
The school had announced Thursday that he had been hospitalized since he experienced what Turner’s family described as a medical emergency during the non-strenuous workout over the holidays near his home last Sunday. According to 247 Sports, Turner fell into a coma. No details about his death, which stunned his teammates, were released.
Rest In Peace BRYCE TURNER.— DeMonte King (@DKing_DB) January 5, 2019
You was a real authentic dude with a great heart and lively spirit. Enjoyed our moments together. Proud to call you a true friend. #1Love pic.twitter.com/IoWvESDgLD
“Rest in peace, my brother,” tweeted Cal running back Alex Netherda, who attended St. John Bosco Prep with Turner. “The warmth, energy and laughter you brought with you will not quickly fade.”
Lost for words.....my heart is so heavy. Rest in Paradise to a forever lil brother. Memories will be cherish forever ♥️ I am blessed to have met such a bright soul. I’ll see you again. @bryce_turner18 pic.twitter.com/dbNZui2pUQ— DB (@DebonairDerron) January 5, 2019
Ill NEVER understand why some the best and brightest people I have ever known have been taking from this world far too early man... So Blessed to have been able to call you my friend and brother @bryce_turner1 . Words cant describe this feeling man...— AGIII™ (@Tha_Great_14) January 5, 2019
Traveon Beck, a Cal cornerback who played with Turner at Bosco, tweeted: “Man, tears won’t stop falling as I type this. . . . 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.”
“Our hearts are broken with this unimaginable tragedy,” Cal Athletic Director Jim Knowlton said in a statement. “Bryce was a young man with a bright future and a valued member of our football team and the Cal family. 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, 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.”
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