Cal Athletics community mourns loss of cornerback Bryce Turner
On Saturday evening, Cal football suffered the tragic loss of one of its own, as redshirt sophomore cornerback Bryce Turner passed away after a medical emergency earlier in the week. He was 19.
Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton released a statement Saturday evening saying the Cal community's "hearts are broken with this unimaginable tragedy." He added: "Bryce was a young man with a bright future and a valued member of our football team and the Cal family. His life was taken far too soon and he will be deeply missed."
Head football coach Justin Wilcox also released remarks Saturday evening:
"We are so deeply saddened by Bryce's passing. This is an extremely difficult day for everyone. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Bryce's family, friends, teammates and so many others who have been a part of his life. No words can accurately describe the pain we feel in our hearts right now. We'll always remember Bryce and how he impacted all of us with Cal football."
Today, we lost a beloved member of our #CalFamily.
Rest in Peace Bryce Turner. You'll be forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/j8xCObyhCb
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) January 6, 2019
Turner transferred to Cal after playing his freshman season at Long Beach City College. He redshirted in 2017 and came off the bench for the Golden Bears to record a tackle against Idaho State in his only 2018 appearance.
Following the news of his passing, members of the Cal and Pac-12 community posted messages on social media, including Cal women's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
Thoughts and prayers of the entire Pac-12 family are with the family and loved ones of Cal student-athlete Bryce Turner pic.twitter.com/vHWzZqQLmi
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) January 6, 2019
There are no words. Sending thoughts, prayers and love to the family, friends and loved ones of Bryce Turner, as well as to the whole @CalFootball family.
— Lindsay Gottlieb (@CalCoachG) January 6, 2019
Heartbroken by the news of Bryce’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Turner family, Cal Football and our LA football community.
— Clay Helton (@USCCoachHelton) January 6, 2019
May the Lord be with the family during this time. Heal the hearts of the Turner family while dealing with the devastating lost of a son, brother, cousin, nephew and a great kid in Bryce Turner. pic.twitter.com/FKd6j40xZe
— Gerald Alexander (@GAlexander21) January 6, 2019