Cal defensive end Ted Agu dies at age 21

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

The Cal football program confirmed in a statement Friday that Bears player Ted Agu died Friday morning at the age of 21.

A backup defensive end from Bakersfield, Calif., Agu appeared in seven games during his 2013 junior season, making six tackles.

"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," the Cal statement read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Ted's family and friends, our players and coaches, and our University family."

“This is a very difficult time for our football family,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “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.”

Cal team physician Dr. Casey Batten was on "a supervised training run" with the entire team and "multiple members of the medical staff in attendance." According to Batten, the medical staff witnessed Agu having trouble completing the run and removed him from it, putting him on a cart and taking him to the medical area. When Agu became unresponsive the staff performed CPR and called the emergency staff.

Agu was then taken to Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley where he was pronounced dead.

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