Fans of football are mourning the death of Max Tuerk.
In a statement shared on Sunday, Tuerk’s family confirmed that the 26-year-old died on June 20, 2020 while hiking with his parents on a “favorite” trail in the Cleveland National Forest. “Max loved his teammates, coaches and schools,” the family shared. “Max was a loving son and older brother and his passing leaves a giant hole in our hearts. His strength and work ethic is an inspiration to many.”
No further details were offered on the cause of death.
The USC Athletics Twitter account also shared the news of Max’s death in a tweet which read, “The #TrojanFamily is terribly saddened by the news of Tuerk’s passing, gone too soon at the age of 26, and our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with his family.”
Clay Helton, who was named head coach of the Trojans in 2015, described Tuerk as an “incredible person, teammate and Trojan,” in a message posted to his Twitter.