The linebacker of the University of Hawaii, Scheyenne Sanitoa, died Thursday, sporting director David Matlin said in a statement.
Sanitoa was 21 years old.
University spokesman Derek Inouchi said the death was not on campus and that Sanitoa was not involved in sports department activities at the time of his death.
According to Matlin, the football team met on Friday to discuss the death of Sanitoa. Campus advisers were present at the meeting and will continue to be available to the team, Matlin said.
"Scheyenne was a great young man, and that message has devastated us," Matlin said in a statement released on Friday. "It's always heartbreaking to lose a member of our UH Ohana, especially if it's one of our young sports students, and our deepest thoughts and prayers are for his family, friends, teammates, and all those who knew and loved him."
A Redshirt junior from Fagatogo, American Samoa, Sanitoa, appeared in 12 games last season, including two starts, and ended with 30 tackles.
This report uses information from The Associated Press.