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Former Penn State Linebacker Dies At Age 34 After Battle With Cancer

STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 01: A Penn State Nittany Lions helmet sits on the field during warm ups prior to the start of the Nittany Lions game against the Ohio Bobcats at Beaver Stadium on September 1, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

This is just terrible news in the college football world.

Former Penn State linebacker Bani Gbadyu has passed away from pancreatic cancer. The linebacker was given a terminal cancer diagnosis last month.

He was just 34 years old.

“It’s with great sadness that we announce that Coach Bani Gbadyu lost his fight with pancreatic cancer,” said the official Lebanon Cedars Twitter account. “The Lebanon Football Family sends their condolences to his wife, Molly, and three children.”

Gbadyu, who was a part-time starter and key backup for the Nittany Lions from 2007-10, had appeared in perfect health when he, his wife and their two oldest children attended the Nittany Lions’ home game against Ohio on Sept. 10.

Gbadyu played for Penn State as a special teamer, key backup and part-time starter. He left State College with 118 career tackles, one interception and one pass defensed.

Family and friends expect funeral and celebration of life services to be announced shortly in the Lebanon, Pa. area.

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