Orlando Bobo, a former offensive lineman with Winnipeg Blue Bombers, died this week. He was 33.
Bobo died of heart and liver failure at a Dallas hospital Monday, the CFL team announced Friday.
"We are all extremely saddened at the news of Orlando Bobo's passing," Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer said in a release. "Orlando was an outstanding football player, and more importantly, an outstanding person."
Bobo, who also spent time in the NFL, played 16 games for the Bombers in 2004.
"I was really shocked," said Bombers linebacker Barrin Simpson said. "He was only 33. My heart really goes out to his family. He was a swell guy from what I knew."
Bombers GM Brendan Taman, who signed Bobo, said he made his presence felt on and off the field.
"Our condolences go out to his family," Taman said. "It's a tremendous loss for them and everyone who knew Orlando."
Funeral services will be held Monday in Starkville, Miss.