When the news broke that former Florida Gators quarterback Mike Breese, 34, had been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, many people felt the news was just the tip of the iceberg.
But, as it turns out, it’s more than that, as Breese is now the fourth person to die from the disease.
Breese died on Tuesday, according to ESPN.
The network said he was 62 years old.
He was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2014 and underwent surgery to remove part of his tumor, according the team.
Breeden had played in just nine games during his first season with the Gators.
He was fired the following fall.
“The outpouring of love and support that Breese has received from teammates and the fans is unbelievable,” head coach Will Muschamp said in a statement.
“I know Breese will be missed and his family and friends will be comforted by the outpouring that Breeden’s life has given them.”
Breese played in 11 games as a freshman and was a second-team All-SEC selection and a first-team all-conference selection in his first two seasons.
He played in nine games in his junior season, which was cut short due to an injury, and finished his career with 1,542 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Brees death comes on the heels of a number of high-profile deaths of former college players and athletes in recent years.
Former Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Thomas died in December after a fall from a moving car.
Former USC wide receiver Ronde Barber died last year of an apparent suicide after spending time in a psychiatric hospital.
And former Georgia defensive end Aaron Taylor-Klaus was found dead in his car in June after being found unconscious and unresponsive in a parking lot.
The death of Breese also comes after another former Gators quarterback, Michael Vick, committed suicide last year, his first since his college days.