Portland State linebacker AJ Schlatter, a walk-on who earned a scholarship last year, died yesterday from complications after having his tonsils out. Schlatter’s death was reported on Facebook by his father, James.
“We lost our son tonight, Aj Schlatter I want to thank the efforts of the Canby Police and Fire departments, as well as the emergency staff at Willamette falls hospital. I failed my son tonight. Believe he might have developed a blood clot after his surgery for the removal of his tonsils on Friday,” his father wrote on Facebook.
“I could not recessatate him nor did the best efforts by ems and the emergency room staff. Aj Schlatter passed away approximately 9:15 Sunday evening. He was such a inspiration to me and I was and am so PROUD to be his father. In his 20+ years he became a greater man then I could ever dream of becoming.! He loved being a member of the PSU Vikings Football team and the players were like brothers to him. I am truly thankful for Coach Barton and the entire coaching staff and support staff for how they embraced him and provided the opportunity for him to develope and shine. I miss my son. Parents hug and love your kids today. Kids tell your parents just how much you love them. Better yet show each other each and every day! I am so thankful I could and did tell AJ each and every time we talked either in person or not just how much I loved him. Don’t waste an opportunity.”
Simply heartbreaking. Losing a family member is never easy, and losing them due to a complication from what’s normally a simple procedure makes it even worse.
Campus Sports sends its deepest condolences to the Schlatter family and will update this story as any new information becomes available.
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