Early Monday morning, a beloved member of the Trojan family passed away. Per ESPN, sources close to Matua said the cause of death was heart related.
He was 28 years old.
Matua actually had the aneurysm over the weekend, indicted by the support that poured out for him on Twitter:
On Monday, tweets asking Matua’s fans to keep him in their thoughts changed to tweets of condolences, grief, and remembrance:
Matua played offensive guard for the Trojans from 2002-2005. In that time he made the 2003 Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American second team, Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team, and the Collegefootballnews.com Sophomore Al-American First Team. He was also a part of USC’s Rose Bowl victory over Michigan in 2003, their championship victory in 2004, and the championship effort against Texas in 2005. At the end of that season, he declared for the NFL and was drafted in the 7th round in 2006 by the Detroit Lions.
At the time of death, Matua was a free agent.
Details surrounding Matua’s death have yet to be released, and we will bring you more updates as we receive them.