Unfortunately, we’ve had a number of deaths of recent college football players over the last few days. On Thursday, July 4, Hawaii lost one of its young players: linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa.
As of today, details are scarce about the 21-year old rising junior’s passing. Per the Star Advertiser in Honolulu, we do know that his death occurred on Thursday, and he was in Hawaii.
School officials confirmed his death on Friday. Sanitoa was set to enter his junior year at Hawaii.
Sanitoa was a native of American Samoa.
Hawaii athletic director David Matlin released a statement about Scheyenne Sanitoa’s tragic death on Friday.
Via KHON’s Rob DeMello:
“It’s with deep sorrow that we share the tragic news that Scheyenne Sanitoa, a student-athlete with our Rainbow Warrior football team, passed away yesterday at the age of 21. Scheyenne was a tremendous young man and we are devastated by this news.
“Earlier today, the football team was brought together to discuss the tragedy. Campus counselors were on hand and will continue to be available for all student athletes and staff to help with the healing process.
“It’s always heartbreaking to lose a member of our UH ohana, particularly when it’s one of our young student-athletes. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, his teammates, and to all those who knew and loved him.”
We echo Matlin’s words, and share our thoughts with the Sanitoa family and all those impacted by this tragedy.