UPDATED 7/1 1:00 p.m. ET: Following Jaylon Ferguson’s death at the age of 26 last week, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland has confirmed the cause of death.
As TMZ Sports reports, the Ravens linebacker’s cause of death is due to “the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine,” according to a spokesperson at the office. No further details have been released, but the death has been ruled an accident. Police do not suspect foul play. He was discovered unresponsive at a residence in Baltimore on June 21, and police said that he never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who joined the team in the 2019 NFL Draft, has died at the age of 26.
His death was confirmed by the team on Wednesday, although a cause was not revealed.
“We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” reads the Ravens’ statement. “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.”
The NFL also shared condolences, as did his alma mater Louisiana Tech.
“The LA Tech Family mourns this morning's tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson," reads the statement from LA Tech Football. "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."
A third-round pick by the Ravens back in 2019, Ferguson had actively engaged with the team’s offseason practices in 2022.
"He was a wonderful young man full of love and life," said his agent Safarrah Lawson, per ESPN. "He will be remembered not just as a football player, but as a great father, son, brother and friend. The family asks for your continued prayers."
Jaylon Ferguson is survived by his three children, two daughters and a son. Rest in peace.