The death of 20-year-old college football player Jayman Stephens at the University of California Pennsylvania attracted particular attention as his high school announced that he died of COVID-19 complications. His school now says that the cause of his death is unconfirmed.
“When we heard the news of Jamon Stephens’ death, we were devastated as a community,” Central Catholic High School said in a statement. “He was well-loved by all in our community, and in an effort to get the news about his death on time, we mistakenly held him responsible for his death without official confirmation on the cause of death. I was informed that he was one of Jamain’s closest friends who reached out to us with the news. We apologize for this error, and this information has since been removed from our Facebook announcement of 9/8/2020 Was removed. At this time, we do not have official confirmation of the cause of his death. ”
Friends and teammates posted on social media that Stephens died of COVID-19, but no official announcement has been made about the cause of his death.
Stephens’ father, also named Jamen Stephens, played for the Steelers from 1996 to 1998 and the Bengals from 1999 to 2001.