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D-II Football Player's Death Clarified; Cause Unknown

Brock Fritz

The cause of death remains unknown for a California University of Pennsylvania football player who died Tuesday.

After initially posting that 20-year-old Jamain Stephens died of COVID-19 complications, Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh clarified that it didn’t know the cause of death of the 2017 graduate.

“He was well loved by everyone in our community, and in an effort to get the news out about his death in a timely manner, we mistakenly attributed his death without official confirmation on cause of death,” Brother Tony Baginski, principal of Catholic Central, said in a statement, according to USA Today. “We had obtained the information about his passing from close friends of Jamain, who reached out to us with the news. We apologize for this error, and this information has since been removed from our Facebook announcement dated 9/8/2020. At this time, we do not have official confirmation on his cause of death.” 

Stephens was a senior defensive tackle and business administration major at California University of Pennsylvania, an NCAA Division II program located in California, Penn.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses.

According to CBS Sports, Cal U’s conference, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, has suspended all competition this fall due to COVID-19.

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