TORONTO — The Canadian Football League community and the University of Waterloo are mourning the loss of Lam Diing, who died tragically early Sunday morning in Kitchener.
“Lam’s passing will be felt by our entire campus community and most directly by the members of our football program,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor at Waterloo, in a statement released Monday. “Our hearts go out to Lam’s family. The University will provide any and all assistance it can to them in their time of grief.”
Diing was in his third year in the Faculty of Arts and was a member of the varsity football program. He also participated in the Ontario Regional Combine and was eligible to be selected in next month’s CFL Draft.
CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie put out a statement on Twitter on Monday:
Saddened to hear today of the death of Lam Diing, an @UWaterloo football player who had been invited to our ONT Regional Combine. The sudden loss of one so young is a tragedy for his community, teammates and most of all, his family & friends. Our sympathies are with them.
Roly Webster, director of athletics and recreation at Waterloo, added: “The connection Lam had to many of his fellow student-athletes and coaches is why this is devastating to so many of us. We will now need to draw on the collective strength of the Warrior family to support each other as we grieve this loss.”
“Lam was a tremendous student athlete who made those around him better with his work ethic and glowing smile,” added Chris Bertoia, head coach of Waterloo’s football program. “The Waterloo football family expresses our deepest sympathies to those who knew Lam, who will be forever missed on and off the field.”