The family of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who died suddenly on Tuesday night, have released a statement in an attempt to quell speculation over the 26-year-old’s cause of death.
A posting by Ferguson’s fiancée Doni Smith to social media read ‘despite the speculation in earlier reports, at this point in time the cause of Jaylon’s death has yet to be determined.’
Police have said that there were no signs of trauma or foul play although they are ‘not ruling out the possibility of an overdose’ in Ferguson’s ‘questionable death’.
Ferguson was found unresponsive at a home in Baltimore. Medics on the scene attempted to revive him but he could not be saved.
The family of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who died suddenly on Tuesday night, have released a statement in an attempt to quell speculation over the 26-year-old’s cause of death
His fiancée, Doni Smith, seen left, wrote: ‘Despite the speculation in earlier reports, at this point in time the cause of Jaylon’s death has yet to be determined’
Ferguson was reportedly in the best shape of his career before his death, participating in all of the team’s offseason practices for the past three months. Coaches said the star – who saw considerable playing time last season – had also shed a ton of weight
‘This is one of the darkest moments in our lives and we are still utterly shocked. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate 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 report of a questionable death,’ Baltimore police said.
‘Once there, officers located 26-year-old Jaylon Ferguson, unresponsive, being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics. No signs of trauma was found or foul play suspected at this time.’
His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office early on Wednesday, where a cause of death will be determined.
In a tribute to the star, the Ravens said Ferguson – a father of three – was ‘lost much too soon’
Ferguson had a standout career at Louisiana Tech University before being drafted by the team in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft. He had been carving himself a spot in the Baltimore ball club’s roster before his unexpected death late on Tuesday night
‘He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and 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 an 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 post of support from his many friends and fans upon learning of this tragedy.’
Police said the cause of death was still to be determined.
Meanwhile, fiancée Smith, with whom Ferguson shared three young children, tweeted, ‘God, this is killing me baby!!! Rest In Paradise my King!!! I miss you like crazy.’
Their firstborn, four-year-old boy Jyce, arrived in November 2017, while second child Jrea, a girl, came in May 2019.
Last year, Smith wrote she was ‘expecting another sweet baby’ – and has since given birth a third time, to another baby girl.
Ferguson is survived by his three kids and wife Doni Smith. The family of five are pictured during a visit to Disney World in January. The pair welcomed their youngest Demi, a baby girl (pictured being held by Smith), late last year
She shared a picture of the family of five on Twitter during a visit to Disney World in January, captioning the post, ‘World we created.’
‘Never in a million years, I thought I’ll be saying RIP to you,’ Smith wrote over a photo of her hugging her late sweetheart while pregnant with one of their kids.
‘My soul aches sooo bad baby. I know I’m dreaming baby… please watch over us! Please,’ she added.
The father of three had been carving himself a spot in the Baltimore ball club’s roster. His death comes as a shock for NFL fans and members of the league.
Ferguson was reportedly in the best shape of his career, participating in all of the team’s offseason practices for the past three months. Coaches said the star – who saw considerable playing time last season – had also shed a ton of weight.
Ferguson, nicknamed ‘Sack Daddy,’ was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019 and played his whole pro career with them. He appeared in 38 games and had 4 1/2 sacks.
Early Wednesday, Doni lamented the loss of her husband, who she met in college in Louisiana
The widow went on to post several more heart-wrenching tributes and videos of Ferguson playing with their kids, showing how loving a father he had been
‘Jaylon was a good-hearted, gentle person who loved his family and his team. He was a joy to talk with and be around every day,’ Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. ‘You always wanted to see and talk to `Ferg.´ Our prayers and our help go 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 field and his infectious personality off of it. Our thoughts and prayers are with 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 list 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 kids, Doni wrote: ‘The legacy will continue!!! Ferguson Forever. I’ve got our babies… I’ll forever have you with me through them!!’
‘From that, we were able to gain an understanding and help each other build and grow as players. From the playbook, to the field – and even outside of work – we created a strong bond amongst ourselves. Whether I was having a bad day or vice versa, we encouraged each other, and that’s what I appreciated most and what I’ll miss about him.’
The Ravens finished minicamp last week and are off until training camp. Wednesday was a tragic day for the franchise, with news breaking that both Ferguson and former defensive tackle Tony Siragusa had died.
”J Ferg’ had the most genuine energy I’ve ever been around,’ safety Tony Jefferson said. ‘Before I left after minicamp in the locker room, he expressed how he was ready to have a big year, and I believed it was going to be his best season as a Raven. He will be watching over us, I know it, and he will bring the team closer just from his mark he left.’