Tributes pour in following the death of SMU football superfan Paul Layne after blood clot complications

Tributes pour in following the death of SMU football superfan Paul Layne after blood clot complications

Tributes pour in following the death of SMU football superfan Paul Layne after blood clot complications. Image: @SMUFB/Twitter

SMU football superfan Paul Layne, who attended 542-straight games, died on Monday, September 12, following a short battle with a blood clot discovered last month.

Paul Layne, a super-fan and alumni of the SMU Mustangs football program, a college football team representing Southern Methodist University in University Park in Dallas County, Texas, has sadly passed away one month after a blood clot was discovered.

A Caring Bridge page for Mr Layne read: “Paul had a sudden turn late yesterday that inevitably ended in his passing today around 12:45 pm. He was surrounded by family and passed peacefully.

“We know this is going to come as a shock to many because we had such a good week last week. God has a plan for all of us and He called Paul home.

“Paul will always be an amazing man that lived graciously, humbly and had so much loving kindness for anyone he met. He almost always knew your name and greeted you with an inviting smile.

“Please continue praying for the family as they prepare a service for Paul and for life without his physical presence.

“He will always be present in our memories.”

SMU paid tribute via social media.

“SMU lost one of its biggest fans today, as SMU alum, former cheerleader and superfan Paul Layne died following a brief illness. Paul’s loyalty, support and commitment to SMU and our program will never be forgotten.”

One person wrote: “This hurts. RIP Paul Layne.”

While another said: “RIP to the 🐐Paul Layne. Your physical presence will be missed, but your emotional presence will never leave the Mustang spirit.”

Dallas News sports reporter Joseph Hoyt wrote: “Sad news to report: Paul Layne, an SMU alum and superfan who attended 542-straight games, passed away this afternoon. He had been battling complications after a blood clot was discovered last month.”

One person wrote: “There will never be anyone as loyal to @SMUFB as Paul Layne. Never. #542 #SuperFan #GOAT”

“That is so sad. I had the pleasure to meet him a couple of times. What a terrific person. He will be missed!” another person wrote.

While another person wrote: “RIP Paul. Mustangs are going to win big for you this season.”

“One of the sweetest people to ever walk the earth.🙏Rest peacefully Paul. And time for everyone to #PonyUp in tribute to him,” wrote another person.

“Rest In Peace, Paul. Pony Up. 💔”

“Paul was an incredible person. Always so kind to everyone and a joy to be around. He will be dearly missed. #RIP #SMU”

“Thank you for your friendship Paul. You will be greatly missed.”

“Paul Layne is a personal hero of mine. Everything great about college sports. #RIP #PonyUp”

The news of Paul Layne’s death comes after Elias Theodorou, a Canadian MMA fighter, also passed away on Monday, September 12.

The news of the death of MMA fighter Elias Theodorou aged 34 was shared on Twitter by MMA reporter Aaron Bronsteter.

“Sadly, a representative of Elias Theodorou has confirmed earlier reports that he has passed away at age 34.”

“Theodorou was privately battling Stage 4 liver cancer and had only told a select group of people of his diagnosis.”

“Theodorou last fought in December against Bryan Baker, where he was very proud of becoming the first professional athlete of all-time to compete with a Therapeutic Use Exemption for Medical Cannabis in North America (first in Canada and then in the U.S.)”

“Securing the Therapeutic Use Exemption was a years-long quest that he dedicated his time and resources towards and his legacy for cannabis athletes will be felt for years to come.”

“RIP Elias. A great athlete with a wonderful sense of humour and a smile that would light up a room.”

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Matthew Roscoe

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    • M

      13 September 2022 • 13:49

      These blood clot situations are becoming more and more frequent and the Elephant in the room is that people are either blocked or hesitate to talk honestly about and it is a side effect of the Covid 19 injection program that is now playing out. readers are urged to view these additional (unlicensed) “booster jabs” with caution.

    • CCW60

      13 September 2022 • 14:36

      Sudden deaths, blood clots, cardiac arrests….SUDDENLY an everyday headline occurrence in the news! What’s changed? Ahhhh but yes, the Clot shot or Death jab forced on people by their ‘trusting’ governments!!!

    • John Harper

      13 September 2022 • 16:21

      Wonder if he had been involved in any experiments recently?

      32 Canadian Drs who were part of the experiment dropped dead in the last 16 months…

      What on earth can be causing that?

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