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PSU football player dies of throat surgery complications

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AJ Schlatter (Photo: Portland State University) AJ Schlatter (Photo: Portland State University)
AJ Schlatter (Photo: Portland State University) AJ Schlatter (Photo: Portland State University)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A 20-year-old starting linebacker for the Portland State Vikings football team died due to complications from a minor throat surgery, the school announced Monday.

AJ Schlatter died Sunday evening at his home, according to a release from PSU.

Schlatter, a native of Canby, started 10 games for the PSU football team during his redshirt freshman season of 2015. He was named Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week following a win over Eastern Washington on Nov. 21 that saw him record 12 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

Originally a walk-on at PSU, Schlatter earned a full scholarship with the program through his hard work and dedication, a school release states.

"My heart is with the Schlatter family. They are our focus right now," said Viking Head Coach Bruce Barnum. "We lost a diamond that will never be replaced. He was the definition of what we are about at PSU."

Schlatter and his family were deeply ingrained in Viking athletics. Mother Terri Jo Schlatter was a star volleyball player and assistant coach from the early 1980s to the early 1990s and is a member of the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Father Jim Schlatter spent time as an assistant football coach on the Park Blocks during the 1980s. Sister Garyn Schlatter, a recent graduate, was also a star volleyball player for the Vikings, and another sister, Kasey Schlatter, played volleyball at Montana State.

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