According to multiple reports, former Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Tui Talia has passed away from a car accident over Memorial Day weekend.
Talia played for Oregon from 2014-15 and was a member of the Ducks Rose Bowl winning team that went to the first College Football Playoff national championship game.
He came to Oregon after playing at Diablo Valley College (Calif.); his juco coach Mike Darr posted a tribute to Talia on twitter:
That wasn’t rain today…even God shed tears as we lost a legend in Tui Talia. One of the best to ever put on the Viking uniform & one of the best Juco players of All-Time! We’ll always remember the savage on the field & huge smile off it. RIP Tui! https://t.co/YrK87OUZJd pic.twitter.com/XUTEPKXNdf
— Mike Darr (@DVC_CoachDarr) May 27, 2019
Current Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Shane Lemieux posted a tribute tweet of his own:
Rest easy big uce 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/6kqN6F44c7
— Shane Lemieux (@ShaneLemieux) May 27, 2019
The official cause of death has yet to be confirmed but multiple reports suggest it was a car accident that claimed Talia’s life.