Late Sunday afternoon, it was tweeted out by USC head coach Clay Helton, and later confirmed by a university spokesperson, that former Trojans and Chargers offensive lineman Chris Brown has died. He was just 24 years old.
Heartbroken to hear the news that we lost Chris Brown today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Brown family. Chris meant so much to so many. Great person, player, teammate, and Trojan. God bless my friend. You are forever in our hearts.— Clay Helton (@USCCoachHelton) April 18, 2021
This devastating news comes only a year after another former Trojan and Chargers offensive lineman, Max Tuerk, passed away due to an enlarged heart. Tuerk was a former third-round selection by the Bolts back in 2016.
Brown was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chargers following the 2019 draft. The 6’4, 300-pound Brown started all 14 games for the Trojans en route to a Pac-12 Championship in 2017. He was a part of USC’s 2015 recruiting class, which also included current Chargers linebacker, Uchenna Nwosu.
As of right now, no cause of death has been given. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brown family and all parties affected during this incredibly difficult time.