How did Jaylon Ferguson die? Baltimore Ravens linebacker dies at 26

The Baltimore Ravens announced the death of 26-year-old outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson on Wednesday, June 22 morning


                            How did Jaylon Ferguson die? Baltimore Ravens linebacker dies at 26
Jaylon Ferguson died Tuesday night June 21, 2022, at the age of 26 (Credits: Baltimore Ravens/Shawn Hubbard)
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died at the age of 26. The Baltimore Ravens announced broke the news of his death on Wednesday, June 22 morning. The Ravens released no other details about Ferguson's death. Tim Prudente of the Baltimore Banner reported that Ferguson was found in a home in North Baltimore after police were called at 11:30 pm on Tuesday, June 21 night. The 26-year-old was unresponsive and being treated by medics when police officers entered a Baltimore home.

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“On 21 June 2022, at approximately 11.25 pm, Northern District patrol officers responded to a home in the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue for a report of a questionable death,” the department said in a statement. “Once there, officers located 26-year-old Jaylon Ferguson, unresponsive, being treated by medics.

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A police spokeswoman called the death "questionable" as there were no signs of foul play or trauma to his body. The cause of the death is not known yet and is still under investigation, and the case has been referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. “I can say that we are not ruling anything out,” Baltimore police spokesperson Lindsey Eldridge said. “We don’t determine the cause of death, but we consider the possibility that it could be an overdose.”

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The friend who found Ferguson unresponsive told the police that, the previous night Ferguson had told him that he was “xanied up,” referring to the prescription drug Xanax, according to a law enforcement source who asked to stay anonymous because autopsy results have not been released, as reported by The Baltimore Banner. Xanax is the brand name of the drug alprazolam, which is used to treat panic disorders and anxiety.

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Reportedly, Ferguson had been going through a difficult time after the recent death of his grandmother and a fire at his home in Owings Mills and was suffering from depression, the friend said, according to the source.

The Ravens shared a post on Ferguson's death and wrote, “We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson.” “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.”

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

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Many of Ferguson's teammates and fans paid tributes and condolences to Ferguson on Twitter. Linebacker Josh Bynes tweeted, "Always had REAL convo's!! Joked together, laughed together, prayed together, fought on the field together!! Just a genuine spirit. Love this man! Will miss you bro 💜"

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Commentator Alex Marvez tweeted saying, "I'll never forget how proud Jaylon Ferguson was when talking about how he was the first member of his family to graduate from college during a 2019 interview we did on @SiriusXMNFL. Stunned to read about his passing at the age of 26. #RIPJaylon"

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The LA Tech Football tweeted, "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."

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“He was a wonderful young man full of love and life,” Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson, said in a statement. “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.”

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Ferguson was a college star at Louisiana Tech and holds the FBS record for career sacks with 45, and his achievements earned him the nickname “Sack Daddy”. He was a popular figure with his teammates. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college and was a proud father to his three children.

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