USC lineman and graduate of L.A.’s Loyola High, Chris Brown, dies at 24

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Offensive lineman Chris Brown played at Loyola High in Los Angeles before attending USC. The university’s coach confirmed he died at the age of 24 on April 18, 2021.(Los Angeles Times)

Chris Brown, a standout lineman from USC and Loyola High, died Sunday, Trojans coach Clay Helton said in a Twitter post. Brown was 24. A spokesman for USC confirmed that Brown had died, although no cause was given.

This is the latest heartbreaking news for the Trojans. Former Santa Margarita and USC lineman Max Tuerk died last year of an enlarged heart. He was 26.

Brown, born April 26, 1996, was a well-liked 6-foot-4, 300-pound football player during his days at Loyola. His coach, Rick Pedroarias, called him “a great guy, a great young man. It’s shocking and sad.”

Brown enrolled at USC in 2015. He played with quarterback Sam Darnold in 2016 and 2017, starting all 14 games on the Pac-12 championship team in 2017. He signed with the Chargers in 2019 after going undrafted.

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