CASSELBERRY, Fla. — Ray Lewis III, the son of two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis, has died, police said in an incident report detailing a suspected overdose.
Lewis died Wednesday after officers were called to a central Florida home and found him unconscious in a bedroom, according to the Casselberry Police Department.
Lewis would be 28 years old. He played cornerback at his father’s alma mater, Miami, for two seasons before moving to Coastal Carolina in 2015. He finished his career at Virginia Union.
“Evidence and testimony show that this incident was a tragic accident,” police said in a statement.
A person at the home was attempting CPR on Lewis when an officer arrived Wednesday evening. The officer was told by a second person that Lewis needed the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, which the officer administered using Narcan, according to the police report.
The antidote and other rescue attempts failed. Police say Lewis was taken to hospital and pronounced dead of a suspected overdose, pending an official autopsy report.
His coach at Virginia Union, Mark James, said his former player “was a great boy.”
“He played hard and it was a pleasure to know him,” James told The Associated Press by phone Friday.
Lewis’ younger brother Rahsaan Lewis said on an Instagram story, “I really can’t believe I’m even typing this but RIP big bro.”
James remembered Lewis as a level-headed young man who worked hard and never acted like he was above the rest despite his father’s success as an NFL star and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
“I think by the time we got him he was ready to go to school, finish and play football and make an impact (player),” James said. “He was a hard worker.”
At Coastal Carolina, Lewis played 12 games at cornerback with 19 tackles. He had 37 tackles for Virginia Union in 2017.