Phil Petty’s family put an end to rumors about the cause of death of a former South Carolina fighter

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ex wife South Carolina Outstanding Defensive Player Phil Petty put an end to rumors about his cause of death in a social media post on Monday.

South Carolina announced last week that Petty died at 43 years. He played for South Carolina from 1999 to 2001 and led the team to two bowl victories during his college career.

His wife Morgan wrote in a Facebook post to clarify the circumstances of her husband’s death. The state reported that before his death, he had had a short illness. She also thanked those who expressed support for her and her family.

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South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty signals against Ohio State in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  USC won 31-28.

South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty signals against Ohio State in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. USC won 31-28.
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To all our friends, family and all of Phil Petty’s biggest supporters. I know there are a lot of rumors in the news outlets about the cause of my husband’s death. Not a single person contacted to ask and these reporters ran from what they believe or what anyone else said. Phil was rushed to the hospital due to internal bleeding and hemorrhage,” she wrote.

“This is the truth about how I lost the love of my life and the father of our children. I ask for many prayers to help us get through these difficult days, weeks, months and years to come. God bless all of you who have shown so much love and support and who have shared so many stories in his honor.”

On Saturday, she wrote an emotional tribute to her husband and announced the creation of a scholarship fund in his name.

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Phil Petty of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Columbia, South Carolina on September 24.  29, 2001.

Phil Petty of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Columbia, South Carolina on September 24. 29, 2001.
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“To honor you and your legacy, my kids and I wanted to start the Phil Petty Scholarship Fund. I will make sure that we continue to live and continue the legacy of Phil Petty,” she wrote in part.

“I love you P2 always and forever and there will never be a day when you are not by my side and in my heart. I love you to the moon and back to the dirt. Until I feel your soft arms around me. “

Petty became South Carolina’s starting quarterback in 2000, a year after Lou Holtz’s team went 0-11. He led the Gamecocks to an 8-4 record in 2000 and a 9-3 record in 2001.

South Carolina won Outback Bowl in both seasons with Petty in the starting lineup. At the time, it was their first bowl appearance since 1994 and their first consecutive bowl game since 1987 and 1988.

Petty had 5,656 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes in four seasons with the Gamecocks. He spent one season in the NFL as an understudy Tennessee Titans before transitioning to coaching.

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

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.