A University of Richmond football player died near campus early Tuesday morning.
The Football Championship Subdivision school confirmed in a news release that Augustus "Gus" Lee, a redshirt freshman defensive back from Fairfax, Virginia, died Tuesday but did not disclose any additional details. He was 20 years old.
Richmond Police Department spokesperson James Mercante told USA TODAY Sports in an email that Lee was found unresponsive in a vehicle just west of campus. The manner of Lee's death was suicide, according to the Virginia Department of Health's Central District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The Washington Post reported that Lee had walked on at Richmond after considering Cornell and Delaware. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back was the defensive most valuable player of the 2018 spring game and had appeared in all 11 of the Spiders' games this season, playing primarily on special teams.
"Gus was a terrific young man and a great member of our Richmond family," Richmond coach Russ Huesman said in a statement. "His loss is a true tragedy to those who knew and loved him."
The university's president, Ronald A. Crutcher, said in a statement that Lee was an undeclared pre-business major and referred to him as "a good friend."
New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta, who starred at Richmond before being picked in the fourth round of the NFL draft earlier this year, wrote on social media that he "couldn't have asked for a better friend and teammate" than Lee.
"Your loving personality kind spirit will live on forever," Lauletta wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night. "Fly high. Rest in peace my brother."
If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online.
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