Clemson lineman Bryan Bresee’s 15-year-old sister passes away following a battle with cancer

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Clemson football family in mourning after defensive lineman Bryan Bresee’s 15-year-old sister passes away following a battle with cancer

  • Bresee posted a heartfelt tribute to Ella on Instagram following her passing
  • Ella was set to be honored before the team’s game against Furman last week, but had a setback and was airlifted to a hospital in Washington, DC
  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he could miss the game against Louisiana Tech, adding ‘There’s a lot more important things than football’

A sister of Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee has died of cancer.

Bresee announced Thursday on social media that his sister Ella Bresee had died after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. Ella was 15.

The caption read, ‘My beautiful sister Ella you amazed me every single day with the fight that you put up and how joyful you were constantly through this battle.

‘Never did I think I would be sitting here today saying bye to you. I want to thank you for bringing happiness to not only me but so many people. You are the best sister a brother could ask for and I know for a fact heaven has gained a beautiful angel today. Love you forever and always Ella bear.’ 

Clemson DT Bryan Bresee posted a loving tribute to his sister Ella, who passed away aged 15

Bresee's caption read in part, 'Never did I think I would be sitting here today saying bye to you.'

Bresee’s caption read in part, ‘Never did I think I would be sitting here today saying bye to you.’

Ella and the Bresee family were in Clemson earlier last week, and she was honored during the Furman game on Saturday. Players and staffers wore T-shirts with ‘Ella Strong’ on them. But Ella had a setback and missed the game, returning to the hospital in Washington, closer to the family’s Maryland home.

Bryan Bresee traveled there after the 35-12 victory. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Bresee could miss his fifth-ranked team’s home game with Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

‘There’s a lot more important things than football,’ Swinney said Wednesday. ‘He needs to focus on what he’s doing and [if] he’s ready to be back and ready to play, hey, we’ll be here. But right now, he’s right where he needs to be.’

Bresee is pictured alongside his sister, wearing a t-shirt supporting her battle with cancer

Bresee is pictured alongside his sister, wearing a t-shirt supporting her battle with cancer

The pair are pictured at Clemson's training facility; Ella had an aggressive form of brain cancer

The pair are pictured at Clemson’s training facility; Ella had an aggressive form of brain cancer

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