Former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller has died at 22

Former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller has died at age 22.

Gill Payne, the athletic director at South Carolina’s Easley High School, where Fuller attended, confirmed his death to multiple outlets Wednesday afternoon, including The Greenville News and CBS affiliate WSPA

Dabo Swinney addresses Fuller’s death

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney released a statement later Wednesday.

“Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with C.J.’s family,” Swinney said. “I’ve know C.J. for a long time  and watched him grow up through the EAsley rec leagues 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.”

Fuller died in South Carolina hospital

Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley told the Greenville News that Fuller died at Greenville Memorial Hospital after being transported from a family member’s house. She declined to release further information on his death until an autopsy is complete. She said in investigation into his death could take up to eight weeks. 

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Dec 31, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers running back C.J. Fuller (27) catches a touchdown pass defended by Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker (back) during the second quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 26: C.J. Fuller #27 of the Clemson Tigers catches a touchdown over T.J. Holloman #11 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Clemson Tigers running back C.J. Fuller (27) celebrates with Clemson Tigers wide receiver T.J. Chase (18) after scoring a touchdown in the second half during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 31-0. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Clemson Tigers running back C.J. Fuller (27) looks on during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 31-0. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Clemson Tigers running back C.J. Fuller (27) runs with the football during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 31-0. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 02: C.J. Fuller #27 of the Clemson Tigers runs the football against the Miami Hurricanes during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)
November 06 2014: Clemson Tigers running back C.J. Fuller (27) at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem,NC. Clemson and Wake Forest tied at the half 17-17. (Photo by Dannie Walls / Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 15: Running back CJ Fuller #27 of the Clemson Tigers gets the handoff from quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 as they take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack on October 15, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 14: C.J. Fuller #27 of the Clemson Tigers fields a kickoff during the first half against the Syracuse Orange on November 14, 2015 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Clemson defeats Syracuse 37-27. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
07 October 2016: Clemson Tigers running back C.J. Fuller (27) makes a catch in warm up. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Boston College Eagles 56-10 in an ACC NCAA Division 1 football game at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Fuller played on Clemson’s national title team

Fuller played at Clemson from 2015 to 2017, including the Tigers’ 2016 national championship team. Details of his death have not been reported.

He announced his plans to transfer in February. In March, he was arrested along with fellow former Clemson player Jadar Johnson and former Duke player Quaven Ferguson on armed robbery charges in downtown Clemson.

Fuller tallied 599 rushing yards and 155 receiving yards while totaling six touchdowns during his three-year Clemson career.

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