Jaylon Ferguson, the NFL linebacker who died last month at age 26, overdosed on cocaine and fentanyl, according to an autopsy.
Ferguson, who played three seasons for the Ravens after being drafted in 2019 out of Louisiana Tech, was found dead on June 21. The death, the latest in a disturbing string of cases of NFL players dying, was a mystery until Friday, when the Baltimore Medical Examiner’s Office released the cause.
Ferguson’s death was caused by “the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine,” the autopsy concluded.
The team declined to comment on the latest development when reached by the The Baltimore Banner.
“Our priority is focused on the man Jaylon was and the positive impact he made on so many as a father, son, fiancé, friend and teammate,” the team said in a statement. “It would be inappropriate for us to comment further while we continue to support his family and teammates, who are mourning the tragic loss of a loved one and will celebrate his life tomorrow.”
Safarrah Lawson, the NFL player’s agent, declined to comment Friday as well.
Family and friends of the 6-foot, 5-inch, 270-pound athlete were set to gather in Louisiana Saturday to celebrate his life. He had reportedly been battling depression after the recent death of his grandmother and a fire at his home in Owings Mills, a friend who found his body told police.
Ferguson’s family started an online drive to raise money for his three children and fiancée Doni Smith after the fire.
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