The Clemson Tigers honored Brian’s 15-year-old sister, Ella Bracey.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, Brian Bracey, Clemson defensive lineman, shared the tragic news of his younger brother’s death from a battle with brain cancer.
Ella Bresi was only 15 years old and inspired Brian and the rest of the team.
Tributes to Ella have been pouring in online, with fans and friends remembering the young star.
Brian Bracey pays tribute to his sister Ella
Brian Bracey on Thursday, September 15th shared informed his followers about the death of his sister Ella. He shared several photos of himself and Ella together, including a Christmas family moment, one of him pushing Ella in a pram, and several siblings hugging each other.
Brian wrote: “My sweet sister, Ella, you have taken me through my struggles every day and surprised me with how much joy I found in them. I never thought I would be saying goodbye to you today. Thank you for bringing happiness not only to me but to so many people. I want to say.”
He described Ella as “the best sister a brother could ask for” and said:
“Today I know that heaven has a beautiful angel who loves you forever and always will be Ella Bear.”
Fans send their condolences to the Brace family
When news of Ella’s death broke, fans took to Twitter to express their condolences to the Braes family. Opposing teams, coaches and players also paid tribute to Ella.
The official Clemson Football Twitter account published: “Ella Bresi will continue to be a source of light and strength to this program and the entire Clemson community. Please join us in sending love and support to Brian and the Brace family. #EllaStrong“
Opposing teams also offered their condolences, which many say is a testament to Ella’s legacy.
Coach Mack Brown tweeted: “On behalf of the Carolina football program, we extend our condolences to the Bres family at this difficult time. We are all sending our thoughts and prayers.”
Sept. 10 in the Tigers’ game against Furman wearing a special shirt It says “E11A STRONG”. The number 11 represented Brace’s jersey number. Ella had planned to attend the game as an honorary team captain, but was unable to make it due to health issues.
During the 2021 season, Bryan wore a long white armband with the words “Ella Strong” written on the back of his arm. He also has a tattoo for Ella, which features the same phrase, as well as Ella’s birthday rose and Roman numerals.
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