An independent source told BearTerritory late this morning that California defensive end Ted Agu had passed away following a conditioning run in the hills. He collapsed, was taken to California Memorial Stadium and then to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Those details were not confirmed by the University.
A letter to player parents said, in part: "As many of you may have heard, the Cal Football Family suffered a tragic loss this morning. One of our beloved players, Ted Agu, has passed away. We have few details at this moment, but will communicate with the entire football family once they come to light.
"Please keep Ted and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
The Athletic Department shortly then issued a public statement:
At this time, we are deeply saddened to inform you that Ted Agu, one of our student-athletes and a member of our football team, passed away tragically this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ted's family and friends, our players and coaches, and our University family. Our student-athletes are our priority and we are providing counseling services for our players. Please bear with us as we work to inform personally those closest to Ted; we will provide more information as it becomes available.
"This is a very difficult time for our football family," said Sonny Dykes, head football coach. "Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff. He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed."
Athletics Director, Sandy Barbour, said, "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Ted's family. This is a very painful time for the entire Cal family; in the days and weeks ahead, my focus will be on providing every member of our community the support and information they need to get through this time. I would ask that media please respect and understand how this tragedy is impacting Ted's family, his teammates, friends and the members of our campus community. We will get through this together."
The 21-year old out of Bakersfield (Calif.) Frontier was a redshirt junior and a Letterman, and is survived by his brother Kency Agu. Agu was majoring in Public Health, with an eye towards being Pre-Med. This past fall, he carried a 3.28 GPA and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team.
Former teammate Allan Bridgford tweeted his heartfelt condolences, as did NFL players Matt Leinart, Brian Schwenke, C.J. Anderson, Mychal Kendricks and Marvin Jones.
Bridgford said:"Can't believe the news I heard about Ted Agu this morning. Nicest guy you'd ever meet. Proud to say I was his teammate, Love you bro. Anyone who's ever met him knows what a great person he was, teammate, and how contagious his smile was. No doubt he's in a better place. I remember like it was yesterday Ted getting in scuffles on scout team because he went so hard mid season. Made everyone around him better."
Ted Agu Passes Away
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