Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee lost his sister, Ella, to a battle with brain cancer, he announced on Thursday morning. Ella was 15.

The announcement reads:

“My beautiful sister Ella you amazed me every single day with the fight that you put up and how joyful you were constantly through this battle. Never did I think I would be sitting here today saying bye to you. I want to thank you for bringing happiness to not only me but so many people. You are the best sister a brother could ask for and I know for a fact heaven has gained a beautiful angel today, Love you forever and always Ella bear.”

Here’s his Instagram post:


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Clemson wore “Ella Strong” shirts last week and honored Ella during the Furman game. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to make it to the game due to a setback.

Clemson Football’s official Twitter account sent out this message on Thursday morning:

Bryan Bresee has been away from the team this week to spend time with family, coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday night. Swinney indicated he may not play vs. Louisiana Tech this weekend.

“I don’t know and really don’t care [if he plays Saturday],” Swinney said. There’s a lot more important things than football he needs to focus on.”