The family of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who died suddenly Tuesday night, released a statement in an effort to quell speculation about the 26-year-old’s cause of death.
In a post from Ferguson’s fiancée, Doni Smith on social media read “despite speculation from previous reports, at this point Jaylon’s cause of death has not yet been determined.”
Police said there were no signs of trauma or foul play, although they “would not rule out the possibility of an overdose” in Ferguson’s “suspicious death”.
Ferguson was found unconscious in a Baltimore home. Doctors on site tried to revive him but he could not be saved.
The family of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who died suddenly on Tuesday night, released a statement in an effort to quell speculation about the 26-year-old’s cause of death.
His fiancée, Doni Smith, seen left, wrote: ‘Despite speculation from previous reports, at this stage Jaylon’s cause of death has not yet been determined’
Ferguson was reportedly in the best shape of his career before his death, attending all of the team’s offseason practices for the past three months. Coaches say the star – who saw considerable playing time last season – has also lost a ton of weight
“This 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,” Smith wrote in the statement.
“On June 21, 2022, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Northern District Patrol officers responded to a home in the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue for a questionable death report,” Baltimore police said.
“Once there, officers located Jaylon Ferguson, 26, unresponsive, being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene by doctors. No signs of trauma were found or foul play suspected at this time.
His body was transported Wednesday morning to the medical examiner’s office, where the cause of death will be determined.
In a tribute to the star, the Ravens said Ferguson – father of three – was ‘lost way too soon’
Ferguson had a stellar career at Louisiana Tech University before being drafted by the team in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He had earned a spot on the Baltimore prom club roster before his unexpected death Tuesday evening.
“He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality,” the team said of the star, who was entering his fourth year in the NFL.
On Wednesday, the Ravens announced Ferguson’s death in a statement on Twitter.
“It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the unexpected passing of our beloved Jaylon Ferguson. Jaylon was a loving father, son, brother, fiancé and exceptional athlete.
“His kindness, big heart and infectious personality will be missed by so many, but his legacy will continue. We wholeheartedly appreciate the calls, texts and messages of support from his many friends and fans after learning of this tragedy.
Police said the cause of death remains to be determined.
Meanwhile, fiancée Smith, with whom Ferguson shared three young children, tweeted: ‘My God this is killing me baby!!! Rest in heaven my king!!! I miss you so much.’
Their firstborn, four-year-old boy Jyce, arrived in November 2017, while second child Jrea, a girl, arrived in May 2019.
Last year, Smith wrote that she was “expecting another adorable baby” – and has since given birth to another baby girl for a third time.
Ferguson is survived by his three children and his wife Doni Smith. The family of five are pictured during a visit to Disney World in January. The couple welcomed their youngest Demi, a baby girl (pictured being held by Smith), late last year
She shared a photo of the family of five on Twitter during a visit to Disney World in January, captioning the post “The world we made.”
“Never in a million years did I think I’d say RIP to you,” Smith wrote of a photo of her hugging her late sweetheart while pregnant with one of their children.
‘My soul hurts so much baby. I know I’m dreaming baby… watch over us please! Please, she added.
The father-of-three had earned himself a spot on the Baltimore ball club roster. His death comes as a shock to NFL fans and league members.
Ferguson was reportedly in the best shape of his career, participating in all of the team’s off-season practices for the past three months. The coaches said the star – who saw considerable playing time last season – had also lost a ton of weight.
Ferguson, nicknamed “Sack Daddy,” was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019 and has played his entire professional career with them. He appeared in 38 games and had 4 1/2 sacks.
Early Wednesday, Doni mourned the loss of her husband, whom she met at college in Louisiana
The widow then posted several more heartbreaking tributes and videos of Ferguson playing with their children, showing what a loving father he had been.
“Jaylon was a sweet and generous person who loved his family and his team. It was a joy to talk with him and be with him every day,’ Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “You always wanted to see and talk to ‘Ferg.’ Our prayers and help go out to his family.”
“The LA Tech family mourns the tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson,” the Louisiana Tech Football Program tweeted. “We will remember his God-given talents on the pitch and his infectious personality off it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Ferguson made nine starts as a rookie for the Ravens in 2019, and he also started the team’s only playoff game that season.
The linebacker spent time on the COVID-19 roster early last season, but ended up appearing in 10 games.
“Me and ‘Ferg’ went through some of the same struggles when it came to making a name for ourselves in the league,” linebacker Tyus Bowser said.
In another photo showing Ferguson with two of their children, Doni wrote: ‘The legacy will continue!!! Ferguson forever. I have our babies… I will always have you with me through them!!’
“From there, we were able to understand each other and help each other build and grow as players. From the playbook to the pitch – and even outside of work – we created a strong bond between us. That I spend a bad day or vice versa, we encouraged each other, and that’s what I appreciated the most and what I will miss about him.
The Ravens wrapped up minicamp last week and are out until training camp. Wednesday was a tragic day for the franchise, with news that Ferguson and former defensive tackle Tony Siragusa had passed away.
“J Ferg” had the most genuine energy I know,” Safety Tony Jefferson said. “Before I left after minicamp in the locker room, he explained that he was ready to have a great year and I thought it would be his best season as a Raven. He’ll watch over us, I know that, and he’ll bring the team together just because of his mark he left.