Francis Perron — a defensive lineman at the University of Ottawa — passed away shortly after their season opener on Saturday, the school announced.
He was only 25 years old.
University of Ottawa president Jacques Fremont broke the sad news on Sunday … saying the Canadian football player died after their first game of the season.
“Over the weekend, Francis Perron, one of our Mechanical Engineering students and a defensive lineman in his fifth season with Gee-Gees football, died shortly after a game between uOttawa and the University of Toronto.”
“A bright, passionate, and caring person, Francis poured himself into his craft as a player and his academic pursuit of becoming an engineer.”
“In the classroom, he was as big of a star as on the field, becoming a multiple-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian while studying Mechanical Engineering.”
Perron joined the Gee-Gees in 2017 and played in Saturday’s game. They lost 11 to 10.
The cause of death has not been revealed at this time.
Fremont says Perron’s death will have a big impact on the Gee-Gees team and community … and they plan to hold a memorial service in the coming weeks.
“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.”