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Former Stampeder Mike Labinjo dead

Last Updated Sep 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A former Stampeder has passed away.

A former Michigan State teammate of Mike Labinjo made the announcement on Twitter this morning, only saying Labinjo passed away in his sleep.

No other details were immediately available.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Mike’s death,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel in a statement.

“He was a big man with a big personality to match and he was a key part of our Grey Cup championship team in 2008. The team offers its condolences to Mike’s family and friends.”

The Toronto-born linebacker played with the Stamps from 2007-2010 and played briefly with the Philidelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins.

The Stampeders also say Labinjo remained in Calgary “at the conclusion of his playing career, working at Solengo Capital and FirstService Residential.”

He was 38.