CJ Fuller - Clemson Player

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)

The Pickens County coroner has released the cause of death for Clemson running back CJ Fuller.

Fuller was a member of the 2016 national championship team.

During his career, Fuller had 382 rushing yards and a touchdown on 89 carries, and 11 career catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, per Clemson Athletics.

He died on October 3, 2018.

On Dec. 11, Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelly released the cause of Fuller's death.

Kelly said Fuller suffered a leg injury on August 12, 2018 at the JB Ownes Sports Complex in Easley. After the injury was repaired on Sept. 19, 2018, the coroner said Fuller suffered a pulmonary thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis, which caused his death.

In simpler terms, Kelly said a blood clot that formed in Fuller's leg that had been injured and operated on traveled to his lung and killed him.


Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney expressed his sympathies following Fuller's passing.

“Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with C.J.’s family. I’ve known CJ 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.”

While at Easley, Fuller ran a total of 3,381 rushing yards and a total of 33 touchdowns, according to former Easley HS statistician Robert Bradley.

Marcus Lattimore tweeted Wednesday about the loss:

The funeral for Fuller took place on October 7 at at Easley First Baptist Church. 

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