Portland State linebacker dies after tonsil surgery

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Portland State Linebacker Dies After Tonsil Surgery

Portland State University linebacker AJ Schlatter died suddenly on Sunday shortly after tonsil surgery.

Schlatter, a sophomore starting linebacker and Canby, Oregon, native, died around 9:15 Sunday night, according to his father, James Schlatter. Attempts to revive him were reportedly unsuccessful.

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PULLMAN, WA - SEPTEMBER 05: Tyler Baker #26 of the Washington State Cougars is tackled by AJ Schlatter #31 of the Portland State Vikings in the second half at Martin Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Pullman, Washington. Portland State defeated Washington State 24-17. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
Northern Iowa quarterback Aaron Bailey (15) avoids the tackle of Portland State linebacker AJ Schlatter, right, during the first half of a second-round NCAA FCS playoff game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Portland, Ore. Northern Iowa won 29-17. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
Portland State is mourning the death of AJ Schlatter, who was a pleasure to interview: https://t.co/DO5rNsOb3y https://t.co/eoupPbvYnS
The PSU family is heart broken & mourning the loss of one of its own. @viks_football LB #47 AJ Schlatter passed away last night. #RIPAJ
The Viking Family is hurting today coping with the loss of AJ Schlatter. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Stunned @PSU_VIKINGS remember linebacker AJ Schlatter, who died at 20: https://t.co/VfFfDZqqr7 https://t.co/8Nw5sqq42c
One of the most driven and loving guys I knew. Rest in peace my friend. Forever in our hearts. @AjSchlatter
@AjSchlatter you were a real dude. Man of integrity and earned everything you got. I'm blessed to play backer with you.
My heart is broken to hear this. RIP AJ Schlatter. You were such a kind kid.😢👼🏼
Rest in peace to the most caring, humble and hard working guy, @AjSchlatter. Always be thinking of you.
Forever a part of our 7th floor family and forever in our hearts ❤️ love you @AjSchlatter #31
Our thoughts and prayers go out to @PSU_VIKINGS @viks_football and AJ Schlatter's family. Love and support from @CWUAthletics
Our thoughts and prayers go out to @PSU_VIKINGS and the family, friends and teammates of AJ Schlatter #AJ https://t.co/6fpGnQBcA4
My prayers go out to the PSU community, the football team and AJ Schlatter's family. #RestEasy👼
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James said on Facebook he believed a blood clot developed after his son's surgery Friday. He said, "He was such a inspiration to me and I was and am so PROUD to be his father."

"He is what I wanted my football program to be — how he represented himself, his family, Portland State on and off the football field. He wasn't a Hollywood kid. He just worked," Portland State head coach Bruce Barnum said.

Schlatter had just completed his redshirt freshman season with 62 tackles and was named Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the week on Nov. 26. He was a walk-on who earned a full scholarship this past season.

We lost our son tonight, Aj Schlatter I want to thank the efforts of the Canby Police and Fire departments, as well as...

Posted by James A Schlatter on Monday, January 18, 2016

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