'Heartbroken': America rocked by college player's tragic death at 24

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, former college football star Chris Brown died at the age of 24.
Chris Brown's death has rocked college football in America. Pic: Twitter

American sport has been rocked by the tragic news that college football star Chris Brown has died at the age of 24.

The former offensive lineman was a prized member of the 2016 and 2017 teams at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans.

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USC head coach Clay Helton announced the horrible news on Sunday. 

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"Heartbroken to hear the news that we lost Chris Brown today," Helton wrote on Twitter. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Brown family. Chris meant so much to so many. Great person, player, teammate, and Trojan. God bless my friend. You are forever in our hearts."

The cause of Brown's death was not immediately clear. 

Brown played at USC from 2015-18, appearing in 53 games. He earned All Pac-12 honourable mentions and was named USC Offensive Lineman of the Year as a junior in 2017 while starting all 14 games at left guard protecting Sam Darnold. 

He was also a full-time starter as a senior.

Seen here, Chris Brown in action for the USC Trojans.
Chris Brown was a popular member of the USC Trojans' family. Pic: Twitter

Fans pay respects after Brown's tragic passing

He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019, but never played in the NFL. He started five games with the XFL's DC Defenders in 2020.

Brown is the second former USC lineman to die at a young age in the last year. Max Tuerk died of an enlarged heart last June at 26 years old after collapsing on a trail while hiking with his parents. 

Darnold was among those to express his shock and sadness at the tragic news of his former teammate's passing.

Taking to Instagram on Monday, the Carolina Panthers QB referred to his former USC teammate as “the greatest dude ever.”

“Still can’t believe this,” Darnold wrote. “Rest easy brotha.”

His sentiments were shared by fans across social media.

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