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.
— Richmond Athletics (@SpiderAthletics) December 11, 2018
“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.