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“Things like this aren’t supposed to happen,” College football player dies after tonsil surgery

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A 20-year-old college football player has passed away from complications from a minor surgery.

According to Portland State University, 20-year-old AJ Schlatter passed away on Sunday evening at home after undergoing throat surgery.

A Facebook post by his father says Schlatter likely suffered a blood clot after doctors removed his tonsils on Friday.

Tragically, emergency crews could not revive Schlatter, who was pronounced dead on Sunday evening.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schlatter family with all the compassion and sympathy we can bring to bear during this difficult time,” said Mark Rountree, the university’s director of athletics. “Things like this aren’t supposed to happen. We cherish every student’s well-being and the loss of AJ will be tough on our family. He represented his family and Portland State with passion, courage, and humility that made us all proud. He will be missed.”

AJ was a linebacker for PSU and was recently named Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Eastern Washington. He had 12 tackles, two sacks, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble in that game.

He just completed his redshirt freshman season, where he started in 10 games and made 62 tackle. He was originally a walk-on but soon earned a full scholarship to the university.

“We lost a diamond that will never be replaced. He was the definition of what we are about at PSU,” said Bruce Barnum, the Viking’s head coach.