Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson was found unresponsive in his Maryland home last Tuesday by first responders. After days of silence, his fiancée has finally broken her silence.
“It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the unexpected passing of our beloved Jaylon Ferguson,” Doni Smith, partner to the NFL player, shared in a statement on Twitter. “Jaylon was a loving father, son, brother, fiancé and an exceptional athlete.”
The news was initially broken by TMZ when they released the Baltimore, Maryland police report that discussed the athlete’s death. According to the first responders who arrived at the scene there were no signs of trauma or foul play, however, they were not going to rule out a possible overdose. In addition, the news outlet shared that Ferguson’s death was “suspicious” in nature.
Although many news sources have shared their suspicions, the Ferguson family discussed in their statement that no official cause of death has been determined. The statement read. “despite the speculation in earlier reports, at this point in time the cause of Jaylon’s death has yet to be determined.”
“This is one of the darkest moments in our lives and we are all still utterly shocked. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate through this difficult time,” the family included.
Continuing, they added the sentiments, “His kindness, big heart and infectious personality will be missed by so many, but his legacy will continue. We wholeheartedly appreciate the calls, texts and post of support from his many friends and fans upon learning of this tragedy.”
Looking back on Jaylon Ferguson’s impressive athletic career
The linebacker was a third-round pick for Baltimore in the 2019 NFL draft and was an active participant in all offseason activities this year. An alumnus of Lousiana Tech University, Ferguson holds the career record for sacks (45) in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. In the span of his short-lived NFL career, he totaled 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
In addition to his family, coaches, teammates, and his former school have opened up about his passing. Giving their sympathies, the Lousiana Tech football team shared, “The LA Tech Family mourns this morning’s tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson.”
“Jaylon was a good-hearted, gentle person who loved his family and his team,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed in a statement. “He was a joy to talk with and be around every day. You always wanted to see and talk to ‘Ferg.’ Our prayers and our help go to his family. Our hearts are with his Spirit. R.I.P., Jaylon.”
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