Former Oregon Ducks linebacker Fotu Leiato has died.
According to KEZI in Eugene, Leiato was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident near Autzen Stadium on Friday morning. According to the report, Leiato’s body was found by a passerby about five hours after the crash scene had been cleared.
The driver of the car, Pedro Chavarin Jr., 22, told police he was the lone person in the crash. Chavarin was taken to the hospital and then cited for a DUI.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Fotu, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens and football coach Mario Cristobal said in a joint statement, per the Register-Guard’s Ryan Thorburn.
Leiato played in 38 games for Oregon over the last three seasons.
Oregon Ducks react to Fotu Leiato’s death
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Fotu, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him.”
– Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens & head football coach Mario Cristobal pic.twitter.com/C5K7EsVh4v
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) June 16, 2018
Thank you God for giving us the gift/power prayer…5 am and I still can’t sleep. Please pray for Fotu’s loved ones.
— Cyrus Habibi-Likio (@cyri3e) June 16, 2018
Rip Fodeuce 💔
— Demetri Burch (@Metrinumber8) June 16, 2018
Rest In Peace Fotu. Your physicality and charisma will be remembered forever.
— Shane Lemieux (@ShaneLemieux) June 16, 2018
One of the toughest, most physical, high energy players I’ve ever played with. Thank you Fotu for being a great teammate,locker neighbor my sophomore year, friend, and brother. Love you and hope you rest easy. pic.twitter.com/Ph9KJTpw4b
— Tyrell Crosby (@Tyrellcrosby) June 16, 2018
Man damn this was my dawg. No fear period!!! Prayers for the Leiato family. pic.twitter.com/1tzsYHwGbV
— Dwayne Stanford II (@DwaynesComeTrue) June 16, 2018
— Akili Smith (@akili_smith) June 16, 2018
I’ll forever cherish the memories we shared on and off the field… we all know you’re with God in a better place 🙏🏼 Rest Easy Fotu pic.twitter.com/bcf8G9EcRN
— Brady Breeze (@BradyBreeze) June 16, 2018
RIP Fotu Leiato 🙏🏾 . Sending my thoughts and prayers out to his family and friends 🙏🏾.
— Dallas Warmack (@DallasWarmack) June 16, 2018