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Clemson student dies of heart defect

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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Taylor Cox, 19, died as he was getting ready to play a game of flag football. Now his parents are remembering their son.

"He was all a parent could ask for in a child. We'll miss him greatly," says his father, Mike Cox.

It's a difficult loss that came with no warning at all. Taylor Cox was warming up for a flag football game at Clemson University when he collapsed.

His parents got the call in Lexington and went straight to the Oconee hospital, but their son had died. His father says, "We were met there by 40 different Clemson students, who, obviously, Taylor touched their lives."

Each one of those students, many Taylor's parents had never met, told them just how much their son meant to them. Mr. Cox says, "It was proof not only was Taylor smart, he had a big heart and touched everyone around them."

Mr. Cox says the coroner explained that his son had a congenital heart problem, and didn't suffer when he died.

Taylor was a graduate of Lexington High School. The 19-year-old was studying civil engineering at Clemson University where he was a 4.0 student.

"He was all a parent could ask for in a child. We'll miss him greatly," says Mr. Cox.

Taylor was supposed to come home this weekend to celebrate his sister's 16th birthday.

Reported by Maggie Alexander

Posted by Chantelle Janelle

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