RIP Parker Coogan: Death of former Columbia Lions player shocks community

Amber Peake April 29, 2021
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Former Columbia Lions football player Parker Coogan died suddenly on Tuesday, 27 April 2021. Fans of the athlete have since taken to social media as they react to Parker Coogan’s death and look back on his career with the Columbia Lions football team.

Who is Parker Coogan?

Former Columbia Lions football player Parker Coogan was born on 28 May 1997 in Kingwood, Texas.

Coogan played as an offensive lineman for the Lions after he joined the team in 2016.

During his four years on the team, he played 32 games and received many honours. He graduated from Columbia last year – virtually because of the pandemic. Coogan shared a snap of him wearing his gown and cap to his Instagram.

In the caption of his post, Coogan wrote: “Thankful for @columbia & @columbiafootball for providing me a lifetime of memories over these past four years. Couldn’t have done it without my family, friends and teammates. Now on to the next chapter.”

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RIP Parker Coogan: Death of young athlete mourned by whole community

The former Columbia footballer died on Tuesday, 27 April 2021. However, details of his death remain scarce.

News of Parker Coogan’s death was shared across social media with Coogan’s former team, the Columbia Lions, one of the first to pay tribute. In a post on their Instagram, they wrote: “Rest in Peace, Parker. You’ll always be a Lion.”

His sister McKenna posted an emotional tribute to Parker on her Instagram as she quoted her brother’s Columbia Lions number 55.

Fans pay tribute to former Columbia footballer on Twitter

Friends and fans of the former Lions player have since mourned Coogan on Twitter.

Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having previously ran the Instagram for Reality Titbit, Amber now writes for both HITC and The Focus as a freelance writer.