Colt Brennan, former Hawaii Rainbow Warriors QB, dies at 37

Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, a 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist, died early Tuesday morning in Newport, California, according to ESPN. He was 37.

 Terry Brennan, Colt Brennan’s father, told ESPN that his son ingested a substance laced with fentanyl and never regained consciousness. Paramedics were called Monday to a hotel room where Colt Brennan had been with other people. 

Hours before he was found, Colt Brennan had tried to enter a detox program at a hospital but was turned away because there were no beds available, his father said. 

“He was really into it,” Terry Brennan said of the treatment program, according to ESPN. “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.”

A two-time Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year winner (2006, 2007), Brennan led the Rainbow Warriors to an undefeated regular season in 2007 before falling to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.