UC Berkeley Community Saddened by Death of Football Player

Kaitlin Fenn, Staff Writer

UC Berkeley junior and a Cal Bear football defensive end, Ted Agu, passed away the morning of February 7 after collapsing during conditioning.

Agu was on a training run with the team when he started to struggle, and was driven back to the stadium on a cart, still conscious and alert. However, when Agu reached the stadium he collapsed on the cart. The medical staff began CPR, used a defibrillator to try to revive Agu, and waited for emergency personnel to arrive, who transported the 210-year-old athlete to Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley. Agu died that morning in the hospital. The specific cause his of death is not yet known.

The UC Berkeley community honored and remembered Agu in a candlelight service outside Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium on February 12, and another memorial service was held at Haas Pavillion on February 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Cal football coach Sonny Dykes spoke at Agu’s service on the 12th and said, “Ted’s the ultimate team guy. He came here because he loved the game. He had a passion for life, he loved to learn, he loved to laugh. He had a great sense of humor. He was rewarded with an athletic scholarship because of his hard work and dedication. He’s what’s good about college athletics. He’s exactly what you want from a young man.”

Friends, coaches, and teammates say they will remember Agu for his passion, friendliness, hard work, great spirit.