A beloved superfan of the College of Alabama’s males’s basketball workforce died from issues of Covid-19, his mom stated Saturday.
Luke Ratliff hardly ever missed a recreation and was recognized by the Crimson Tide neighborhood as “Fluffopotamus.” He died Friday night, his mom, Pamela Ratliff, stated. A senior on the College of Alabama, Mr. Ratliff was set to graduate in August. He was 23.
“He had a character that was greater than this world, by no means met a stranger,” Ms. Ratliff stated on Saturday.
Mr. Ratliff traveled to the lads’s N.C.A.A. basketball event in Indianapolis to cheer on the Crimson Tide till they misplaced to U.C.L.A. final weekend. He had lately gone by fast coronavirus testing a number of occasions, Ms. Ratliff stated, and the checks had come again unfavorable.
“He didn’t have any of the standard signs till the cough set on this week,” she stated.
Mr. Ratliff was ultimately handled for bronchitis and it was later found he had contracted Covid-19.
Followers have been allowed to fill venues for the event as much as 25 p.c of their regular capability. In response to Mr. Ratliff’s demise, the Marion County Public Well being Division stated in an announcement it will be investigating to find out “if anybody in Indianapolis could have been uncovered to COVID-19 by any Alabama resident who visited Indianapolis in current days.”
“We proceed to encourage residents and guests to apply the easy and necessary habits that maintain us all protected: carrying a masks, washing palms, and social distancing,” the division stated.
There have been an outpouring of tributes from the Crimson Tide neighborhood celebrating Mr. Ratliff.
“We’ll endlessly keep in mind our #1 fan,” Alabama Men’s Basketball said on Twitter. “We love you.”
Nate Oats, Alabama’s coach, stated Mr. Ratliff’s demise “doesn’t appear actual.”
“Fluff has been our largest supporter since day one,” Oats said on Twitter. “Put all he had into our program. Beloved sharing this experience with him. You’ll be missed dearly my man! Want we had another victory cigar and hug collectively. Roll Tide Ceaselessly.”
Mr. Ratliff described his love for school basketball to The Tuscaloosa Information earlier this 12 months.
“Faculty basketball is completely different as a result of it’s actually proper in entrance of you: You’ll be able to see it, you may contact it, you may go to it 16 dwelling video games a 12 months. It’s tangible, that’s what’s endeared me to it,” Mr. Ratliff advised the outlet, discussing his choice for the sport over soccer.
On March 31, Mr. Ratliff chronicled Alabama males’s basketball season on Twitter, posting his personal private highlights from the season.
“I’ll end faculty having attended 44 of the tide’s previous 45 convention and postseason video games, together with 42 in a row,” Mr. Ratliff wrote. “What a freaking experience it’s been.”
Mr. Ratliff is survived by his dad and mom and two brothers.