The NFL family suffered a loss last month, as Baltimore Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson was found unresponsive and declared dead at his home; though a cause of death wasn't announced.
We now have the answer. Ferguson died as a result of the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine according to Bruce Goldfarb, spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, has confirmed. The death has been ruled an accident.
In a statement, the Ravens said: “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. 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.”“We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the Baltimore Ravens said in a statement at the time. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”
Ferguson's fiancee Doni Smith explained on Friday that he should be remembered as a great friend and father.
“Jaylon definitely had the biggest heart that I’ve ever imagined,” she said. “He would meet people, and they would instantly become family.”