Adrian Dingle, a former San Diego Charger defensive end in the National Football League and Clemson University standout, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday at the age of 45.
A statement was released by Clemson University confirming the death of Dingle. The official cause of Dingle’s death has not been released.
“Dingle lettered at Clemson in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 and served as a starting defensive end in each of his last three seasons. He helped the Tigers to three bowl games over his career,” Clemson University wrote.
“Dingle was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. After missing the 1999 season, he went on to play five years in the NFL with the Chargers from 2000-04, playing 70 total games. He had his best year in 2003 when he had six sacks and 16 total tackles for loss among his 37 tackles.”
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Amy Bell, Dingle’s fiancee, posted on Instagram a photo and video of Adrian with their kids.
“While Adrian was known for his football accomplishments, he was so much more than football. In the few short days since his passing, I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of stories and memories,” Bell told PEOPLE.
“The common theme is his infectious smile and his selfless love. I’ve never met any other person who could meet someone once and go on to be a groomsman in a wedding. His smile will live on through his gorgeous babies who loved their daddy beyond measure.”
Tributes have poured in following his death.
— Marcellus Wiley 🧢 (@marcelluswiley) November 10, 2022
Clemson Football mourns the passing of former defensive end Adrian Dingle.https://t.co/30hCcbEQPP pic.twitter.com/pKrr54M5uD
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 10, 2022
RIP former Holly Hill-Roberts, Clemson and San Diego Chargers defensive end Adrian Dingle. Only 45 years old. pic.twitter.com/Nn3MtGS0Nk
— Mike Mooneyham (@ByMikeMooneyham) November 10, 2022