Coroner: Ex-Clemson RB drowned while swimming at Ga. state park

Coroner: Ex-Clemson RB drowned while swimming at Ga. state park
Clemson's Tyshon Dye warms up prior to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) (Source: Bob Leverone)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A former Clemson running back drowned on Friday while swimming at a state park in Georgia, according to officials in Elbert County.

“All of our hearts are just broken,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I can honestly say Tyshon Dye is one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever been associated with or coached. We’re just all heartbroken tonight, and we’re praying for his family and know that he’s been called home.”

Elbert County Coroner Chuck Almond identified the man as 25-year-old Tyshon Dye. According to Almond, Dye was swimming with family members at Richard B. Russell State Park, which is located near the South Carolina border. According to Almond, members of the family called 911 just before 5 p.m. after Dye went underwater. Members of the family tried to help Dye but were unable to get him out of the water.

Almond confirmed search crews recovered Dye’s body from the water at 6 p.m.

Tyshon Dye was with the Clemson football team from 2013 to 2016. During his time with the Tigers, he had 76 carries for 351 yards and five touchdowns in 17 career games.

Dye transferred to East Carolina in 2017. In eight games with the Pirates, he posted 217 yards on 50 carries.

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