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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson dies at 26

Ferguson, who was getting ready for his fourth season with the Ravens, died Tuesday night, the team announced. “We are profoundly saddened," the team said.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 26, 2021 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.Robin Alam / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
/ Source: TODAY

Jaylon Ferguson, an outside linebacker with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, died Tuesday night, the team announced. He was 26.

“We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the team said Wednesday in a statement it posted on Twitter.

“He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”

Ferguson’s agent confirmed his death to NBC News, calling him “a wonderful young man full of life and love.”

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” Safarrah Lawson said in a text message to NBC News. “He was a wonderful young man full of love and life. He will be remembered not just as a football player, but as a great father, son , brother and friend. The family ask for your continued prayers.”

The Ravens and Lawson did not give a cause of death.

Baltimore police responded to a home at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a questionable death, the police department said in a statement.

Police said officers found Ferguson at the home unresponsive, and he was "being treated by medics." He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene.

There were no signs of trauma and foul play was not suspected, but "investigators are not ruling out the possibility of an overdose,” police said.

His body was taken to a medical examiner's office, where a cause of death would be determined.

Ferguson was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the NFL Draft in 2019 out of Louisiana Tech University, where he set the NCAA FBS record for sacks with 45.

Ferguson was getting ready for this fourth season with the Ravens after he had taken part in the team’s mandatory minicamp last week. He tallied 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks during his NFL career with the Ravens.

The NFL also expressed condolences in a statement on Twitter Wednesday.

"We are heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss of Jaylon Ferguson," the league said. "The NFL family sends our deepest condolences to his loved ones."

Ferguson’s death comes after former Purdue University basketball star and NBA player Caleb Swanigan died Monday at the age of 25. The coroner’s office in Allen County, Indiana, said Tuesday that Swanigan died Monday of natural causes at a hospital in Fort Wayne.

"Devastated. Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends," the Purdue basketball team tweeted Tuesday. "The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you Biggie."