Coroner: Pulmonary embolism from knee surgery led to former Clemson RB C.J. Fuller's death

The Pickens County (South Carolina) Coroner ruled that former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller died because of a pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis related to a recent knee surgery.

The coroner’s report on Fuller’s death was released Tuesday. Fuller died on Oct. 3 after allegedly having chest pains while he was rehabilitating from a knee injury he suffered on Aug. 12 at a sports complex in Easley, South Carolina.

Fuller had surgery for the knee injury — listed as the official cause of death as a “football injury” — on Sept. 19, approximately two weeks before he was pronounced dead at a Greenville-area hospital. He was 22.

Fuller’s aunt said after his death that he had started to feel chest pains while he was rehabbing. A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot forms to block one or more arteries in the lungs.

“He had been having some chest pains before that day, but they got worse fast,” Zola Fuller Beeks told the Greenville News in October. “He was conscious at one point, but when he got to the hospital, his speech was slurred. Before we knew it, he was gone.”

Fuller was a member of Clemson’s 2016 national title team and a native of Easley. He had 599 rushing yards, 155 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his Clemson career.

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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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