Richmond DB Lee dies

Richmond Spiders head coach Russ Huesman, shown here on Sept. 1, offered a statement after learning of the passing of defensive back Augustus "Gus" Lee.Photo: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Richmond redshirt freshman defensive back Augustus “Gus” Lee has died, the school announced. He was 20.

The Football Championship Subdivision school did not disclose the cause of death.

Per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Virginia Department of Health’s Central District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner declined to provide details on the cause of death.

Lee appeared in all 11 of the Spiders’ games this season, playing primarily on special teams. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Lee was named Defensive MVP of Richmond’s spring game earlier this year.

“Gus was a terrific young man and a great member of our Richmond family,” Spiders coach Russ Huesman said in a statement. “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.”

Richmond president Ronald Crutcher offered the following statement:

“I have been in touch with Gus’ family to express our deepest condolences on behalf of the entire University,” Crutcher said. “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. We extend our deepest sympathies to Gus’ family, his teammates, professors, and many friends on our campus.”

New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta, who starred with the Spiders prior to being selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, shared his thoughts on social media Tuesday night.

“Your loving personality kind spirit will live on forever,” Lauletta wrote on Twitter. “Fly high. Rest in peace my brother.”

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