Brittany Burns, a former Clemson rower and the fiancee of Buffalo Bills linebacker Tony Steward, died Tuesday, two months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was 26.
Jordan Heck of Sporting News passed along the news.
Steward posted a message on his Instagram account about his loss:
Brittany Ann Steward! Wow BEAUTIFUL is the only way I know you. You have the biggest heart I have ever seen in my entire life and I promise you that it will live on in me, our family and every single soul you have touched. You are the strongest and most loving soul to step foot in this world. You have been my rock, my motivation, my heart, my soulmate, my everything since the day I laid eyes on you. Every single day of your life you have been a fighter and I know this because of the unbelievable family you brought me into. We will all honor everything you stand for in life. I will continue to be the person that you always bring out in me. Believe me when I say that I deeply love you with every ounce of everything in me. Love always, Your Fiancé.
The Bills posted a statement on their official site with their condolences:
The Buffalo Bills are saddened to learn about the passing of Brittany Burns, the fiancée of linebacker Tony Steward. From the day Brittany arrived in Buffalo with Tony, she was an active member in the community through the Buffalo Bills Women's Association. Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to Tony Steward and the family of Brittany Burns during this most difficult time.
Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com noted the former Clemson athletes got engaged shortly after Burns was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. They proceeded to create the Britt and Tony's Fight Like a Girl Campaign to help women who find themselves in a similar situation.
Burns moved to the Buffalo area with Steward after their time at Clemson, according to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW. The report also noted she was being treated at the University of Pennsylvania since being diagnosed on Dec. 9.
Steward was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. He appeared in seven games as a rookie and registered two tackles.