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Son of former Packers Super Bowl Champion passes away after suffering severe asthma attack

Julius Poppinga, the son of former Packers Super Bowl champion linebacker Brady Poppinga, tragically passed away on Wednesday. His sister, Jasmine confirmed his death on social media.


He was a 17-year-old varsity football player with the Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California. He also played lacrosse.

He had suffered a severe asthma attack last week, according to the Ventura County Star. The report stated that he dealt with a collapsed lung while hospitalized and had not recovered from it.




The Westlake High School community is mourning the death of 17-year-old varsity football player Julius Poppinga.Jasmine Poppinga/Instagram



The entire Westlake High School community is mourning his death.

“On behalf of the entire Westlake High School community, we send our deepest condolences to Julius’ family, friends, teammates, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing and interacting with him,” Principal Jason Branham said in an email sent out to the school community, according to the Ventura County Star. “At Westlake and throughout CVUSD, one of our greatest strengths is our caring and close community, which makes it all the more important that we continue to support and be there for one another in this incomprehensible time of loss and sadness.”

Westlake coach Mark Serve told the paper he visited Julius at the hospital earlier in the week. “He didn’t want to talk about his health. He wanted to talk football,” Serve said. “We talked about him getting back on the field. I was texting last night letting him know, ‘I love you.’”

The Westlake football team’s Instagram account posted a photo of Poppinga and his sister with the message: “The Westlake Football family wants to send our deepest condolences to the Poppinga Family. Julius was a beloved member of our team and will be greatly missed by the entire tribe.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones in addition to all those in the Westlake High School community and football team.