How did Ronnie Hillman die? Former Denver Broncos running back dead at 31
ATLANTA GEORGIA: Ronnie Hillman, former running back for the Denver Broncos, died on Wednesday, December 21, in Atlanta at the age of 31. "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother & father, Ronnie K Hillman Jr," his family said in a statement on social media. Hillman played a major role in the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 victory.
The statement further read, "Ronnie quietly and peacefully transitioned today in the company of his family and close friends. We as the family, appreciate the prayers and kind words that have already been expressed. We ask that you would give us time to process our feelings as we prepare to lay our precious RJ to rest." They concluded the statement by saying, "More information will be forthcoming. With love, The Family."
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How did Ronnie Hillman die?
According to The Teal Mango, Hillman was in hospice fighting for his life after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Renal Medullary Carcinoma in August. The cancer is a "rare but highly aggressive neoplasm form of cancer that primarily affects young African Americans with sickle cell trait." He had been receiving treatment for the past few months, but it was unsuccessful. The family said, “As a family, we hope beyond hope, and we have faith that can move mountains. We also understand that God’s will is not always ours; therefore, we as a family subject ourselves to the will of our Almighty God. We need your prayers, but we also need your understanding and respect for Ronnie and our family’s privacy at this time.”
Hillman was born on September 14, 1991, in Compton, California. He was a running back in American football. He also participated in San Diego State's college football program. He was selected by the Denver Broncos soon after in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He then signed a four-year contract with the Denver Broncos and went on to share the team's 50th Super Bowl victory. He had also played for other teams including the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys later.