An Oregon man shared a photograph of his son, a freshman linebacker for Portland State University, after getting his tonsils taken out on Facebook Friday.
Just two days later, 20-year-old AJ Schlatter died.
Now his father, James Schlatter, thinks a blood clot may be to blame for his son’s death.
The former assistant coach for the Portland State Vikings during the 1980s wrote on Facebook: ‘I failed my son tonight.
‘Believe he might have developed a blood clot after his surgery for the removal of his tonsils on Friday.
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AJ Schlatter’s father James Schlatter posted this photograph of his son on Facebook Friday, after he had surgery to have his tonsils taken out
AJ died on Sunday evening – and his father James Schlatter, seen right, thinks a blood clot may be to blame
Portland State University said Monday that AJ Schlatter died ‘due to a complication from a minor throat surgery.’ He is seen in this Instagram photo with his family
The school in downtown Portland, Oregon, announced on its website that the 20-year-old student, pictured above with family, from Canby died Sunday evening in his home
He started 10 games in 2015 and made 62 tackles, according to the university
‘I could not recessatate [sic] him nor did the best efforts by ems and the emergency room staff.
‘Aj Schlatter passed away approximately 9:15 Sunday evening.
‘He was such a inspiration to me and I was and am so PROUD to be his father.
‘In his 20+ years he became a greater man then I could ever dream of becoming.!’
He earlier wrote on Facebook Friday: ‘Surgery went well for AJ however doc said it was more like carving out the tonsils then a surgical removal so keeping him a bit longer due to.bleeding.
‘Even then they also ran into infection and had to drain it too.’
Portland State University announced on its website Monday that AJ Schlatter died ‘due to a complication from a minor throat surgery.’
The school in downtown Portland, Oregon, said that the 20-year-old from Canby died Sunday evening in his home.
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20-year-old AJ Schlatter is seen in these images posted to Instagram and Facebook
Viking Head Coach Bruce Barnum said in a statement: ‘My heart is with the Schlatter family.
‘They are our focus right now.
‘We lost a diamond that will never be replaced.
‘He was the definition of what we are about at PSU.’
Director of Athletics Mark Roundtree said in a statement: ‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schlatter family with all the compassion and sympathy we can bring to bear during this difficult time.
‘Things like this aren’t suppose to happen.
‘We cherish every student’s well-being, and the loss of AJ will be tough on our family.
‘He represented his family and Portland State with passion, courage, and humility that made us all proud.
‘He will be missed.’
AJ Schlatter posted these photographs to Instagram. For the image on the right, he captioned the snap ‘I love my mom so much! I will always be a mommas boy’
Portland State said: ‘AJ was a vital part of the Viking football team and just completed his redshirt freshman season.’
He started 10 games in 2015 and made 62 tackles, according to the university.
The university said that: ‘Originally a walk-on at PSU, AJ earned a full scholarship with the program through his hard work and dedication.’
AJ Schlatter’s mother, Terri Jo, played volleyball for the Vikings and was also an assistant coach of the team in the 1990s. His sister Garyn played volleyball for the Vikings too, according to Portland State.
Former coach Nigel Burton also lent his condolences to the Schlatter family.
Burton wrote in a Monday Instagram post: ‘AJ was like a son and brother to so many in the Portland State football family.
‘I hurt especially for Mr. Schlatter.
‘You didn’t fail. You succeeded more than you know.
‘You raised a son that so many people admired and whose hearts AJ touched in such a short time on this Earth.
‘We should all be so lucky.’
Portland State said on its website that funeral arrangements were pending.