Former football player dies after lengthy battle with cancer

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Jasmine Casimir // Assistant Sports Director

Former offensive lineman Kenneth White died Thursday, Sept. 22 at the age of 26.

White graduated in spring 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

“I was very proud of him because he overcame a lot to get that degree,” Marcus Bright, former academic coordinator told Student Media. “He was excited about his future.”

According to friends and family, White was diagnosed with cancer about two months ago after he became very ill.

Former players were in disbelief that they’re teammate and longtime friend has passed away.

“Every moment with Kenny was good, whether it was on the field or off the field,” Demarkus Perkins, former defensive back, told Student Media. “He was just an overall great guy to be around, very positive.”

Johnathan Cyprien, former football player and current strong safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars, also expressed his condolences on Twitter, sending prayers to the White family.

White was well known around the Student-Athlete Academic Center, mostly for the hard work he applied toward his academics.

“When he’d get a good grade on a test we had studied for or a task we’d worked on, he’d make a big show of bringing me back the grade or taking a picture of it to share the celebratory moment,” Lisa Edmunds, a learning specialist with SAAC told Student Media. “We would often work on writing assignments, getting his ideas organized, processing the materials from the class. If it took all afternoon, he was in it for the long haul.”

During his time at FIU, the Miami native played on the football team under former Head Coach Mario Cristobal. White was a part of the 2010 bowl champions, the first and only bowl win FIU has.

The funeral for White will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Christ Community Church at 10 a.m. His former teammates will be his pallbearers.


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