Saturday, October 1 2022

Jason Di Tullio, assistant coach and former CF Montreal player, has died of cancer. He was 38 years old.

His death has been confirmed by the MLS club.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our assistant coach and former player Jason Di Tullio, who battled cancer until the very end,” said CF Montreal. “Our hearts go out to his family, loved ones, colleagues and former teammates.”

“This great football enthusiast leaves behind countless teammates and players he inspired as a coach and assistant coach,” he added.

Di Tullio was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer last year, an aggressive form of cancer with an extremely low survival rate and no known cure. He underwent surgery and radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

“Sad news this morning.” said Montreal midfielder Samuel Piette. “A courageous, positive and passionate man. Thank you for all the coaching! Condolences to his family.”

A former Canadian junior international, Di Tullio represented Canada at the 2001 Francophone Games in Ottawa/Hull and the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

He has been an assistant coach for Canada’s U17, U20 and U23 teams, most recently working with head coach Mauro Biello during the men’s Olympic qualifier in March 2021.

Di Tullio played for pre-MLS Montreal from 2002 to 2007.

— This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 29, 2022.


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