Many of us have lost a good friend. Lonnie White, a former standout player at USC who went on to become a respected sportswriter at the L.A. Times, passed away on Saturday. He was 49.
Lonnie battled a rare condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa for much of his life. In 2010, his illness was featured on the Discovery Health Channel. You can view the video above.
Lonnie's condition had been deteriorating in recent months. The Hidradenitis Suppurativa disease became more aggressive. He was diabetic, had acute pancreatitis and Crohn's disease. But Lonnie's spirit was always strong, his attitude upbeat.