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Max Tuerk's Family Releases Statement On His Tragic Death

A USC football helmet.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: A USC Trojans helmet sits on a table surrounded by roses after USC defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions at the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi on January 1, 2009 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The family of former USC Trojans and NFL offensive lineman Max Tuerk has released a statement on his tragic death.

Tuerk, an All-Pac 12 offensive lineman at USC from 2012-15, died on Saturday. He was 26 years old.

The former Trojans offensive lineman died on a hike with his family. His family released a statement on Sunday evening.

"Max died on June 20, 2020 while hiking with his parents on a favorite trail in the Cleveland National Forest," the statement reads. "Max loved his teammates, coaches and schools. Max was a loving son and older brother and his passing leaves a giant hole in our hearts. His strength and work ethic is an inspiration to many."

Tuerk was a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He played for the Chargers and the Cardinals from 2016-17. Former USC coach Lane Kiffin posted a heartfelt message about Tuerk on Sunday. "This is awful. So sad. Praying for family and friends. I always loved Max and one of my favorites," he wrote.

Former USC star Dion Bailey also posted a message for his former teammate.

"Thinking of you and your family today Tuerky!! Damn man, we lost a great person. 26 man, too young!" he wrote.

Our thoughts are with Max's family and friends.

May he rest in peace.