University of Richmond football player Augustus Lee has passed away at age 20. The university and Football Championship Subdivision announced his death in a statement on Wednesday, December 12. Lee’s death came on Tuesday, December 11, though a cause of death was not immediately confirmed.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Augustus Lee,” head coach Russ Huesman said in a statement released by the university. “Gus was a terrific young man and a great member of our Richmond family. His loss is a true tragedy to those who knew and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gus’ family. This is a very difficult time for everyone in the Richmond Spider family.”
Lee was a redshirt freshman defensive back who walked on with the Spiders, choosing Richmond over Cornell and Delaware.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder was the defensive MVP of Richmond’s Spring Game and made appearances in all 11 games for the Spiders during the 2018 season.
“I have been in touch with Gus’s family to express our deepest condolences on behalf of the entire University. Gus was a sophomore from Fairfax, Virginia, who played on our football team. He was an undeclared pre-business major and a good friend, especially to his teammates and his fellow student athletes,” university president Ronald A. Crutcher said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Gus’s family, his teammates, professors, and many friends on our campus.”
The University Chaplaincy will hold a gathering on Wednesday for students who want to come together and provide support for each other.
Our deepest condolences are with Lee’s family and friends during this difficult time.