Francis Perron, Canadian College Football Player, Dies at Age 25 After Season Opener

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 20, 2021

Detail view of the goalpost camera prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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University of Ottawa defensive lineman Francis Perron died Saturday after the team's season opener against the University of Toronto.

He was 25. 

"On behalf of the University of Ottawa, I offer my condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. The thoughts of all members of our community are with you. I would also like to thank our colleagues at the University of Toronto for their steadfast support during this tragic event," university president Jacques Fremont said in a statement. 

No cause of death has been announced.

Perron studied mechanical engineering at the University of Ottawa and was in his fifth season with the program. He was twice honored as a U Sports Academic All-Canadian for his work on the field and in the classroom.

“Our hearts are broken,” head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said. “In losing Francis, we’ve lost an outstanding person, teammate, player and veteran leader that made us better in every way possible. He was someone that loved and was loved, by everyone that is a part of our program. We are pulling together as a family and giving everyone the best support possible as we navigate this very difficult situation. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this unimaginable time.”