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Family of UC Berkeley football player who died settles with university system for $4.75 million

Ted Agu of the California Golden Bears poses for a portrait circa 2011 in Berkeley, California.

Ted Agu of the California Golden Bears poses for a portrait circa 2011 in Berkeley, California.

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The family of a UC Berkeley football player who died after a team drill in 2014 has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the school system for $4.75 million.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Thursday that the settlement brings months of negotiations and litigation to a close.

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Ted Agu died at age 21 shortly after an off-season conditioning workout outside Cal’s Memorial Stadium. The university has admitted liability for the death of the defensive lineman and pre-med student.

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Agu’s parents sued because they say their son shouldn’t have been in the strenuous workout because he carried sickle cell trait, a blood abnormality that experts believe can lead to death under extreme exertion. The deal also guarantees health and safety reforms for Cal athletics.


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