Brennan allegedly ingested something laced with fentanyl before he was found unconscious and ultimately died at 37. According to Terry Brennan per ESPN, paramedics were called on Monday to a hotel room where Brennan was discovered unconscious after taking the dangerous opioid.
Per his father, Brennan had tried and failed to enter a detox program at a hospital in Newport, California, only hours earlier.
“He was really into it,” his father said of his son’s recovery program. “It involved a lot of physical activity and he liked it. He was working with soldiers who had come back from Afghanistan and Iraq with similar problems. He was doing quite well with it for four months. Then something happened and he went to the dark side, and it was just not good.”
He continued, “He was doing so well, the spark was back in his eyes. He was healthy and doing great, and it happened,” he told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Colt Brennan’s Alma Mater Releases Statement
“Obviously, someone gave him a pain pill of some sort, but it was fentanyl, according to what we’re understanding,” he added. “We’re still a long way from figuring it out. That’s where we are right now.” Brennan’s alma mater, the University of Hawaii, also released a statement about his death.
“It’s hard to put into words the impact that Colt Brennan had on Rainbow Warrior fans and the people of Hawai’i. He was a phenomenal player and provided us some of the greatest sports memories we’ll ever have. But he was more than that,” the school said.
“For all that he accomplished on the football field and the adulation he received for it, he always remained among the people. He never turned down an autograph, he never turned down a picture with someone. He inspired everyone. From our keiki to our kupuna.”
They added, “He had a Warrior mentality on the field but a true aloha spirit off of it. Today is an extremely tough day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Brennan ‘ohana. We mourn together with all those across Hawai’i and Rainbow Warrior nation who were touched by Colt.”
He was reportedly surrounded by family members when he died. Police are also investigating his death, according to his father.