The fiance of ESPN college football journalist Edward Aschoff shared that his sudden death at age 34 on Christmas Eve was actually caused by stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma and not pneumonia, as doctors previously thought.
Katy Berteau wrote in a Twitter thread in Aschoff’s account on Wednesday night that doctors found non-Hodgkin lymphoma in her lungs after her death.
“I wanted to provide an update on Edward’s death that can help people process it and make a little more sense of what happened,” he wrote. “After his death, the hospital received the final results of his lung biopsy. Without our knowing it, Edward had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his lungs. This is a type of aggressive cancer that is usually undetectable until it is very advanced. “. “
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Berteau had written in a Twitter thread Last month Aschoff was admitted to the hospital a week after being diagnosed with multifocal pneumonia. Doctors also diagnosed him with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare autoimmune disorder, after bone marrow and lung biopsies.
“Both pneumonia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma can trigger HLH in the body and that is apparently what happened with Edward,” he wrote Wednesday. “All this combined is what led to his rapid decline in recent days, and finally his death.”
Aschoff had tweeted on December 5 who suffered from “multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia” after becoming ill after his coverage of the annual soccer game between Michigan and the state of Ohio.
Learning the new information seemed to bring some comfort to Berteau. The two were going to get married in April.
“It has helped me to know that his death was inevitable, and at least I am grateful that he did not have to go through the painful treatment and the prolonged process of fighting the disease,” he wrote.
He also asked for donations to be made to a scholarship fund in his name created by the alma mater of Aschoff, the University of Florida School of Journalism and Communications, to help aspiring journalists.