At just 22 years old, former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller died in October. We now know more about the cause of death, and surprisingly, it is football related.
It turns out that she was on the right track.
C.J. Fuller died from a pulmonary thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis, a condition that stemmed from a football-related knee injury.
He was rehabbing the knee when the incident occurred. From The Greenville News:
Fuller was doing physical therapy for a knee injury and began to experience chest pains in the moments before his death his aunt, Zola Fuller Beeks, said after his death in an interview with the Independent Mail and The Greenville News.
Fuller was a role player for the Tigers from 2014-2017. He had a big kick-off return in the 2016 national championship that helped set up the Tigers’ game-winning drive over Alabama.
Fuller was set to be a graduate transfer after finishing his Clemson degree, but had not yet found a new school at the time of his death.