Authorities are reportedly investigating the tragic death of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson and have allegedly not excluded the possibility of an overdose.
Retired Ravens legend Tony Siragusa has also passed away.
According to various media reports, cops found Ferguson, 26, a father of three, unresponsive at a Baltimore residence shortly before midnight on Tuesday when they responded to a report of a “questionable death.” EMTs were already at the location rendering CPR.
“Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics,” a police spokesman told the Baltimore Sun. “Police said there were no signs of trauma or foul play. They said the medical examiner will determine a cause of death,” the news outlet added.
“Ferguson was reportedly in the best shape of his career, participating in all of the team’s offseason practices for the past three months. Coaches said the star – who saw considerable playing time last season – had also shed a ton of weight,” the Daily Mail explained.
Heartfelt tributes to the National Football League star have poured in on social media from teammates and others who knew the football star, including from the official Ravens account which described Ferguson as “a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality.”
In a statement, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that “Jaylon was a good-hearted, gentle person who loved his family and his team. 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.”
We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/ylBvLEzjer
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 22, 2022
Nicknamed the “Sack Daddy,” Ferguson played college ball for Louisiana Tech where he achieved a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) career sacks record and was the Ravens’ third-round draft choice in 2019.
The LA Tech Family mourns this morning's tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson.
We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality off of it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
RIP, 45. pic.twitter.com/tRuLp1BEcD
— LA Tech Football 🏈 (@LATechFB) June 22, 2022
On Instagram, fiancee Doni Smith mourned her partner’s passing in several posts.
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In another tragedy affecting the Ravens family, retired defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, 55, died in his sleep on Wednesday. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
“The Goose” played seven seasons for the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens, winning a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore team. He was also an analyst on NFL broadcasts for the Fox Network through 2015.
The NFL family mourns the loss of the great Tony "Goose" Siragusa. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/pe53Nz24be
— NFL (@NFL) June 22, 2022
“This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens. We appreciate everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff, ” owner Steve Biscotti said about the passing of the two stars.
He also described Siragusa as “a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history.”
Today began with the Ravens announcing the death of outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson.
It ended with the Ravens saying goodbye to former defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, who died at the age of 55.
“This is a tremendously sad day for the Ravens," owner Steve Bisciotti said.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) June 22, 2022
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