ESPN college football reporter Edward Aschoff, who died suddenly in December, didn’t know he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lungs, his fiancée Katy Berteau revealed on Twitter.
Katy Berteau posted the update this week from his page telling the world in the hope that it would “help people in processing and making a little more sense of what happened.”
She said that Aschoff had stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lungs, which is an aggressive cancer that is usually not detectable until it is very advanced.
Berteau said pneumonia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which Aschoff was suffering from at the time of his death, can trigger hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, a rare immune system disease in which the body makes too many activated immune cells.
Berteau said these overactive cells “attack itself and other healthy tissues.”
“For someone who never gets sick I’ve had some fever/cough/fatigue/flu thing for about two weeks now,” he tweeted just before Thanksgiving.
Aschoff passed away on his 34th birthday — Christmas Eve — just months ahead of his spring wedding.
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