Jaylon Ferguson’s cause of death: authorities consider it questionable, possible drug overdose.
Looking at his medical history, there is no previous illness or any other reason that could explain why he was unresponsive when the doctors arrived.
When Jaylon Ferguson was reported unresponsive in Baltimore’s Harwood neighborhood, officials responded to the call and arrived as doctors treated the Ravens linebacker. He was unresponsive and after a few minutes of procedures, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
At approximately 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, Baltimore Police said officers responded to a home in the northern district of the city, where they found Ferguson unresponsive and being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics, according to police.
Baltimore Police said there were no signs of trauma found and no foul play was suspected at this time. Ferguson’s body was transported to the medical examiner’s office, where a cause of death will be determined. Investigators are not ruling out the possibility of an overdose, a police spokesperson said.
Baltimore police spokeswoman Niki Fennoy said the NFL player never regained consciousness despite the best efforts of medical personnel.
There was also no sign of head trauma or anything remotely related to it, it left everyone baffled after the fact.
“We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” Baltimore Ravens said in a Twitter post.
The NFL said in a statement on Twitter: “We are heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss of Jaylon Ferguson. The NFL family sends our deepest condolences to his loved ones.”
How did Jaylon Ferguson die?
According to authorities, the 26-year-old will undergo an autopsy that will determine the exact cause of death and clear everything up for the authorities and his family.
There is still a lot to be discovered about this, especially with players who are in constant contact with their head. That constant head trauma adds to the already existing problems they go through and many of them become addicted to certain medications.
In many of these cases, we are talking about players who have been trying to overcome this depression through different kinds of painkillers or even abusing alcohol.
Jaylon Ferguson’s case at linebacker fits this profile because of his position on the field. However, we can’t say for sure that this is the case until we see the autopsy results.
Authorities are not ruling out a possible overdose
Sadly, another extremely young player who was just beginning his NFL career has left us way too soon. The age of 26 should not be a death concern in any sport. Many different reasons for deaths are reported in the NFL, one of which can sometimes be a drug overdose.
If this is the case, it is possible that Jaylon Ferguson has been using Xanax (Alprazolam).
“”I can say we’re not ruling anything out,” Baltimore police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said. “We are not determining the cause of death, but we are considering the possibility that it could be an overdose.”
A friend of Ferguson’s told police that Jaylon was ‘xanified,’ meaning he was using Xanax before he passed away. Ferguson was going through a difficult time after his grandmother passed away.
Jaylon Ferguson Life, Family
Ferguson had a son and two daughters with his fiancée Doni Smith.
Born Dec. 14, 1995, in St. Francisville, Louisiana, Ferguson played high school football and basketball at West Feliciana. At Louisiana Tech, his 45 sacks were one better than another Ravens linebacker, Terrell Suggs, achieved at Arizona State.
Ferguson was a third-team AP All-American in 2018.
“The LA Tech Family mourns this morning’s 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. “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.”