At the age of 86, Norman Lim Kwong, former lieutenant governor has died.
Kwong passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning according to a statement released by his family.
Known for both his political days as well as his athletic ones, Kwong was a former Edmonton Eskimo.
— Edmonton Eskimos (@EdmontonEsks) September 3, 2016
The Calgary native began his career with the Stampeders in 1948, becoming the first Canadian of Asian heritage to play for the CFL. He was acquired by the Eskimos in 1951, where he would win three of his four Grey Cups before retiring in 1960. Kwong was later inducted into both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1998 was named to the Order of Canada because of his football accomplishments. In 2005, Kwong became Alberta’s 16th lieutenant governor until 2010, the first Chinese Canadian to hold the position in the province.
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) September 3, 2016
Both Premier Rachel Notley and the Edmonton Eskimos have released statements on Kwongs death, expressing their condolences.
His family is requesting privacy and said funeral details will be released at a later date.