Ottawa Gee-Gees defensive lineman Francis Perron passed away Saturday shortly after the team's season opener on the road against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
"A bright, passionate, and caring person, Francis poured himself into his craft as a player and his academic pursuit of becoming an engineer," University of Ottawa president and vice-chancellor Jacques Fremont said in a statement.
It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the news that we have lost one of our own. Gee-Gees football player Francis Perron passed away yesterday.— uOttawa Gee-Gees (@uOttawaGeeGees) September 19, 2021
Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to everyone whose life he has touched. https://t.co/OtAgUEdFGJ pic.twitter.com/R2Ra4CMY7A
Perron, from Sherbrooke, Que., was a two-time U Sports academic All-Canadian studying mechanical engineering in his fifth year at the University of Ottawa.
"Francis' memory will live on through a vast network of loving family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched," Fremont added. "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."
No cause of death has been reported.