Phil Petty’s Family Ends Speculation on Cause of Death of Former South Carolina Standout

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ex’s wife South Carolina Standout Quarterback Phil Petty put an end to speculation about the cause of his death in a social media post on Monday.

South Carolina announced last week that petty died 43 years of age. He played for South Carolina from 1999 to 2001 and led the team to two Bowl victories during his collegiate career.

His wife Morgan wrote in a Facebook post to explain the circumstances behind her husband’s death. The state said he was battling a brief illness before passing away. He also thanked those who have expressed their messages of support to him and his family.

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South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty calls the signal against Ohio State in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. USC won 31–28.
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“To all of our friends, family and Phil Petty’s biggest supporters. I know there is a lot of speculation going around in news outlets about the cause of my husband’s death. Not a single person has reached out to ask. Journalists have fled what they believe or what anyone else has said. Phil was taken to hospital for internal bleeding and hemorrhage,” she wrote.

“It’s true how I lost a father’s love for my life and his children. Praying for many prayers to get us through these difficult days, weeks, months and years to come. God bless you all Blessings to those who have shown so much love and support and who have shared so many stories in their honour.”

On Saturday, she wrote a heartfelt tribute to her husband and announced a scholarship fund in his name.

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Phil Petty of the South Carolina Gamecock runs with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide on September 29, 2001 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Phil Petty of the South Carolina Gamecock runs with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide on September 29, 2001 in Columbia, South Carolina.
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“To honor you and your legacy the kids and I wanted to start the Phil Petty Scholarship Foundation. I will make sure we continue to live and carry on Phil Petty’s legacy,” she wrote in part.

“I love you P2 forever and ever and there will never be a day when you are not with me and in my heart. Love you to the moon and back in the dirt. Until I have your soft arms around me Can’t feel it.”

Petty took over as South Carolina starting quarterback in 2000—a year after the squad led by Lou Holtz went from 0-11. He led the Gamecock to an 8–4 record in 2000 and a 9–3 record in 2001.

South Carolina won the outback bowl With Petty as a starter in both seasons. At the time, it was his first Bowl appearance since 1994 and the first time he scored a Bowl game in consecutive seasons since 1987 and 1988.

In four seasons with the Gamecock, Petty had 5,656 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes. He Spent a Season in the NFL as a Backup Tennessee Titans Before going to coaching.

FILE - South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty (14) celebrates beating Ohio State, 31-28, at the Outback Bowl, January 1, 2002 in Tampa, Florida.

FILE – South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty (14) celebrates beating Ohio State, 31-28, at the Outback Bowl, January 1, 2002 in Tampa, Florida.
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He spent a few years as a coach in the collegiate and high school ranks. He was named to the football staff at Gray Collegiate Academy in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.