A former Florida Gators offensive lineman died unexpectedly at a student apartment building in Gainesville on Thursday.
Kaleb Boateng, an offensive lineman who was a walk-on, was honored in social media tributes. Boateng came over from Clemson and joined the Florida team in 2021.
It’s hard to find the words at a time like this. This is a call you never want to receive as a parent or coach, especially not about a former player. Although our time together was short, Kaleb was an alligator. He was a beloved friend, son and teammate.
— COACH BILLY NAPIER (@coach_bnapier) February 10, 2023
Following the news of Boateng’s death, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney issued the following statement:
Swinney said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Kaleb’s passing.”
“This is an extremely horrible and depressing circumstance. We say prayers for his family. Even though Kaleb was only with us for a short time before he left, we remember him as a fantastic teammate who was always in good spirits. We extend our condolences to his family and to all who had the honor of knowing him.”
Dan Mullen, a former head coach at UF, tweeted:
“Sorry to hear about Kaleb Boateng. He always had a positive attitude and great work ethic both on and off the field. Prayers for his family and friends.”
Kaleb Boateng’s cause of death
Boateng died at the Varsity House apartment complex on Thursday night, according to TV20. The death was ruled an apparent suicide by Gainesville police.