Idaho football player Collin Sather died Tuesday following a battle with advanced renal cancer. He was 19.
The school announced Sather’s death Tuesday afternoon.
“On behalf of the Vandal Family, our deepest condolences go out to Collin’s family and loved ones,” Idaho interim athletics director Pete Isakson said in a statement. “Collin made a profound impact on the lives of those he touched throughout our department and across the campus community. The loss of a 19-year-old is difficult to comprehend and we are here for anybody who needs help during this challenging time.”
Sather, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, was diagnosed in January after being taken to the hospital after he started having stomach pain, the school said in its release. The Spokane, Washington, native had turned 19 on Sunday.
“Collin was a tremendous young man and a great teammate,” Idaho head coach Paul Petrino said in the school’s statement.
“It is a testament to him to see how many of our players cared so deeply about him and how many lives he touched in the Vandal Family in such a short time. We challenge our players to be tough and always choose character. Nobody did a better job of that than Collin. My time with him made me a better person and I know his teammates feel the same way.”