Former Jayhawk football player Brandon Bourbon reportedly commits suicide

Ex-Jayhawk Brandon Bourbon commits suicide

Former KU football player found dead.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

MARIES COUNTY, Mo. — Former Kansas University football player Brandon Bourbon was found dead in his van Friday afternoon (April 8) less than a week after he was reported missing. According to Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman, Brandon was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound around 2 p.m. at a secluded riverfront property near Route AA near Vienna, Mo. After conducting an investigation, the Sheriff’s Office concluded Brandon, 24, committed suicide.

After he failed to show up for church last week, Brandon’s family filed a missing person report. Brandon played runningback for the Kansas Jayhawks for 3 years before transferring to Washburn following the 2014 season. KU head football coach David Beaty released this statement:

“Our hearts are broken to hear the news of the passing of Brandon Bourbon. Brandon was a wonderful teammate and friend. He was a tireless worker both on the field and in the classroom and was a constant source of inspiration within our program. The entire Jayhawk family cared very deeply for him and he will always be in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon’s family and friends.”

Brandon posted a weird video on Facebook prior to his death.

Watch his message. Share your thoughts.


  1. hate to see him go out like that…….. RIP big boy

  2. so disappointing that it came to this for him

    there’s a suicide in the US roughly every 15 minutes. If anyone out there reading ever feels like this, talk to someone. Talk to me. Talk to anyone. No one deserves to feel that way and it’s nothing to be ashamed of

  3. Larry not Lawrence

    Gotta wonder if concussions and head injuries are behind this. Football has a major problem on its hands. Depression and suicide are becoming to common with football players. Rest in Peace. 🙁

  4. ku football is cursed…. recruits please take heed and go somewhere else

  5. This dude had a lot of problems. God rest his soul.

  6. So sad. How come nobody knew he was depressed???? RIP

  7. I hope heaven has a football field………….. RIP Big fella

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