Brandon Bourbon, Washburn running back, found dead after six-day search

Andrew C Shermoen

Brandon Bourbon, a Washburn running back and former University of Kansas player, was found dead in Potosi, Missouri, April 8. Bourbon was pronounced missing on April 2, and after a six-day search his body was found on a secluded property. The Maries County Sheriff’s Department revealed the cause of death as suicide.

At both KU and Washburn, Bourbon was a beloved player.  

“Rest in peace to my best friend, my brother, my beard bro. U affected so many lives Brandon. I love u more than you know.” tweeted Ben Heeney, a former teammate of Bourbon’s at KU.

Craig Schurig, the head football coach of Washburn, said that Bourbon was an inspiration to his teammates, a great player and a great friend.

“A really fine young man,” Schurig said. “He became an immediate leader for us. He was an outstanding player, but first he was a good person.”

Schurig spoke highly of Bourbon’s positive personality with his teammates and said that he was well liked by all of his teammates.

(Editor’s note: The Washburn Review would like to extend its condolences to the friends and family of Brandon Bourbon)