As investigators investigate the death of Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, his family requested confidentiality Thursday, calling it “one of the darkest times of our lives.”
In a report shared on social media by Doni Smith, Ferguson’s fiancée, the family said it is with “profound sadness that we recognize the unexpected passing of our beloved Jaylon Ferguson.” Baltimore police said they found the 26-year-old unresponsive in a house on the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue in the Harwood neighborhood of Baltimore on Tuesday evening.
Ferguson never regained consciousness and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Police said there were no signs of trauma or foul play, but investigators have not ruled out the possibility of an overdose. They said the medical examiner would determine the cause of death.
In their statement, Ferguson’s family said that despite “speculation in previous reports, at this point the cause of Jaylon’s death has not yet been determined. It is one of the darkest times of our lives and we are still in shock. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we go through this difficult time. »
Ferguson and Smith had three young children. In a team statement released Wednesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh called Ferguson, entering his fourth season in Baltimore, “a generous, gentle person who loved his family and his team.”