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Colt Brennan, Heisman Trophy finalist and Hawaii football star, dies at 37

The former University of Hawaii quarterback died of a drug overdose at a Southern California hospital, Costa Mesa police said.
Colt Brennan
Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan throws against San Jose State in the first half of a football game in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 12, 2007.Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Colt Brennan, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist and star quarterback at the University of Hawaii, died of a drug overdose in Southern California on Tuesday, officials said.

The 37-year-old Brennan died at 12:03 a.m. at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, according to Orange County coroner records.

Brennan's death was due to a drug overdose, but "at this time there is no investigation from our department," Costa Mesa police spokeswoman Roxi Fyad told NBC News. Fyad did not reveal what drug was involved in the overdose.

"Rest in aloha, Colt," his alma mater said in social media posts.

Brennan, a Southern California native, was a three-year starter for Hawaii, throwing for 14,193 yards in 38 career games. That's the second most in school history, trailing only Timmy Chang's 17,072 in 53 games.

Brennan took the Warriors to heights not seen again since his time at the school. In his final year on campus in 2007, Hawaii recorded the school's only undefeated regular season, going 12-1 with their only loss to perennial superpower Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Quarterback Colt Brennan of the Hawaii Warriors in Honolulu.Jordan Murph / Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty

Brennan finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting that year, behind winner Tim Tebow of Florida and Arkansas star Darren McFadden, and ahead of Missouri's Chase Daniel.

He was a sixth-round, 186th overall pick of Washington in the 2008 NFL Draft, but never made it into a regular season game in an injury-shortened career.

Brennan was a passenger in a serious 2010 car accident in Hawaii.