A candlelight service honoring Ted Agu, the Cal footballer who collapsed and died after a training session on Friday last week, will be held today from 7-8 p.m.
The vigil, which is open to the greater Cal community, will take place on Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza adjacent to the UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium. The ceremony will be led by Ted’s Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers and Golden Bear student-athletes.
According to an announcement put out by UC Berkeley, Gates 3 and 5 at the stadium will open at 6 p.m., and candles and special wristbands will be available to the first 1,000 participants.
Agu, a defensive lineman from Bakersfield was a junior majoring in public health at Cal. He died after a supervised training run near Memorial Stadium.
Dr. Casey Batten, a team physician, said medical staff were monitoring the workout and noticed that Agu appeared to be having difficulty completing it. As a precaution, staff members stopped Agu’s workout. “He was hydrating, he was responsive, he was talking,” Batten said in a report by KQED News. As a further precaution, he was placed on a cart and moved to a medical facility about 150 yards away. Agu collapsed there. Batten said medical staff immediately started what he called “high-quality CPR” and use of an external defibrillator. Agu was then rushed to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, where he died.
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