Former KU And Washburn football player Brandon Bourbon found dead

Published: Apr. 8, 2016 at 7:24 PM CDT
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Former Kansas and Washburn football player Brandon Bourbon was found dead Friday, said the Maries County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities confirmed to 13 NEWS that Bourbon was located on a secluded river front property off Route AA near Vienna. The Maries County Sheriff's Office said after an investigation Bourbon's death was ruled a suicide.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol posted a missing persons report that said the 24-year-old Bourbon had been missing since April 2nd.

Bourbon played football for the Jayhawks until 2014, and played in all 12 games as a junior before missing his senior season because of an injury. Bourbon then transferred to Washburn for the 2015 season.

"Everything with Brandon, as far as when he was here, he was such a bright kid, always positive," Washburn football coach Craig Schurig said. "He came here and had a tremendous attitude right from the beginning."

Bourbon played one season for the Ichabods and led the team in rushing with 937 yards on 219 carries with four touchdowns averaging 4.3 yards per rush playing in 11 games. He had a season-high 143 yards on 18 carries at Pittsburg State in a 21-14 win over the Gorillas. He also had 15 catches for 71 yards.

"It was a neat relationship and a blessing to to get to know him in such a brief time," Schurig said. "When you meet someone with all those good qualities, it's a pleasure."

Kansas football coach David Beaty released a statement on the passing of the former Jayhawk Bourbon.

“Our hearts are broken to hear the news of the passing of Brandon Bourbon. Brandon was a wonderful teammate and friend. He was a tireless worker both on the field and in the classroom and was a constant source of inspiration within our program," said Beaty. "The entire Jayhawk family cared very deeply for him and he will always be in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon’s family and friends.”

Former teammate Ben Heeney posted a tribute on Twitter to his beloved teammate.