Cal football player Bryce Turner dies at 19

Cal defensive back Bryce Turner, a redshirt sophomore from Lakewood in Los Angeles County, has died, an official from the school’s football program confirmed Saturday afternoon.

Turner, 19, endured an undisclosed “medical emergency” during a non-team workout a week ago and had since been hospitalized near his Southern California home, according to a team statement this week. The cause of death is unknown.

News of the death of the former star at St. John Bosco Prep began trickling through social media channels Saturday as friends and teammates offered their thoughts and condolences.

Cal running back Alex Netherda wrote: “Rest in peace, my brother. The warmth, energy and laughter you brought with you will not quickly fade.”

Cornerback Traveon Beck, who played with Turner at both Bosco and Cal, wrote: “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 I’d have to bury one of my best friends. See you in heaven.”

Bosco went 41-3 while Turner was there 2013-15, and he helped Long Beach City College to a 9-2 record in 2016. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder redshirted at Berkeley in 2017 and a had tackle against Idaho State in his debut this season.

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