Francis Perron, a defensive lineman on the University of Ottawa, died “shortly after” the varsity’s season opener within the course of the University of Toronto over the weekend, officers acknowledged. He was 25. 

President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont issued a press launch on Sunday confirming Perron’s passing a day earlier in Toronto. He didn’t reveal the circumstances surrounding his demise. 

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“It is with a very heavy heart that I bring you some very sad news. 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,” Frémont’s assertion read

“A bright, passionate, and caring person, Francis poured himself into his craft as a player and his academic pursuit of becoming an engineer.”

Perron joined the Gee-Gees football program in 2017 after having enjoyable with football at Cégep de Sherbrooke in Quebec for 2 years. While at uOttawa, he was a multiple-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian.