In tragic news, C.J. Fuller, the former Clemson running back who served on their 2016 National Championship team, has passed away. He was only 22. The death of the rising young athlete comes as a surprise and a shock to his fellow teammates, who express their remorse at this difficult time. There's no denying that it's hard to come to terms with the unpredictability of this loss, especially at this point in time, particularly with a talented and recognized young athlete taken from this Earth at a very young age. Here's what we know about the sudden and unexpected passing of C.J. Fuller.

C.J. Fuller's passing was confirmed by the school. The details about his death are left vague at this time, although it's understandably a sudden shock for everyone who knew the promising young athlete. As the school notes, the athlete played in 43 games and he showcased himself as a talented and dependable athlete when he was playing the game. The cause of death is currently unknown, although TMZ reports that the Picking Country coroner claims the death investigation is currently underway. By the coroner's estimations, though, there's "nothing suspicious" about the way in which he died.

Dabo Swinney, the coach of the belated athlete, issued the following response since C.J. Fuller's passing.

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with C.J.'s family. I've known C.J. a long time and watched him grow up through the Easley rec leagues [in South Carolina] all the way through Easley High School. I'm proud of what he accomplished as a Clemson Tiger, most of all his accomplishment of being a Clemson graduate. Our deepest condolences and the thoughts of our program are with his family this evening. May he rest in peace

There was also a statement released on social media by Shaq Lawson, C.J. Fuller's former teammate at Clemon who is now playing with the Buffalo Bills. Online, Lawson remembered the late C.J. Fuller by saying the following words about his former teammate and fellow football player.

My brother I am hurting right now. Somebody wake me up from this nightmare. My brother was supposed to come see me tomorrow. I love you bruh until we meet again.

Since the news is so sudden -- and notably with so few details about the cause of death and how C.J. Fuller passed away -- it's hard to come to terms with this unexpected loss, particularly for those who knew him and appreciated his athletic skills. As such, the school and fans of the team are left in mourning today as they grieve and mourn the loss of this former college football player. When more details come to pass about the passing, we'll be sure to provide some further updates about the loss of this young player. Until then, however, we'll continue to keep you posted about the latest celebrity news and updates as they arrive right here at CinemaBlend.

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