Former Beloved Athlete Dies at Young Age After Battling Stage 4 Cancer

September 27, 2018Sep 27, 2018

The sad news was revealed this week that former college athlete Phil Taylor has passed away. Taylor was a football player for TCU during his time at the university between 2011 and 2015. Sadly, the athlete died at the young age of 25.

Taylor was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in December 2016. Now, almost two years later and just one month shy of his 26th birthday, the young man reportedly passed away in his sleep with his family by his side.

Taylor, originally from Mission Viejo, California, went to TCU in 2011. He was a walk-on in the football program. According to reports, the athlete was extremely beloved on his team and well respected by coaches and staff.

TCU Football took to Twitter to share their condolences after the news of Taylor’s death broke.

They wrote, “We celebrate the life of Phil Taylor, TCU wide receiver form 2012 to 2014.  He was only 25. Phil’s courage and strength during his battle with cancer exemplified what it means to be a Horned Frog.”

Star-Telegram had previously reported on Taylor’s ongoing battle with cancer. They noted that while he did not have an unbelievable athletic career compared to many others, “few former Frogs are held in higher regard” when it comes to “a person’s character beyond the numbers.”

Several people took to social media to share their heartbreak over the young man and condolences for the family:

Please be praying for Taylor's family during this sad time. Losing someone to cancer, especially someone so young, would be absolutely devastating. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, First Lady Melania just revealed the details of her first solo international trip.