Baltimore Ravens’ Jaylon Ferguson died from combined effects of fentanyl, cocaine, officials say

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died Friday from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, coroners said.

A spokesman for the Maryland Department of Health said Ferguson’s death on June 21 was an accident. he was 26

Ferguson died after police responded at a home in the city’s North Borough, where they found him unresponsive and being treated by medics. Baltimore Police said no signs of trauma were found and there was no suspicion of foul play.

“Our priority centers on the man that Jaylon was and the positive influence he had on so many as a father, son, fiancé, friend and teammate,” the Ravens said in a statement released Friday. “It would be inappropriate to comment further as we continue to support his family and teammates as they mourn the tragic loss of a loved one and celebrate his life [Saturday].”

Ferguson’s funeral will be held Saturday in Bains, Louisiana, where he grew up.

Ferguson, a Ravens third-round pick in 2019, appeared to have worked hard to be in the best shape of his career and lost significant weight. He played a bigger role on defense during the team’s offseason workouts this spring while outside linebackers Tyus Bowser and Odafe Oweh recovered from surgeries.

Ferguson, known as “Sack Daddy,” who hails from Louisiana Tech, holds the FBS record for career sacks at 45. Over three NFL seasons, he totaled 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Ferguson had three children – Jyce, Jrea and Demi – who are all under the age of 5.

An online fundraiser set up for the children revealed that Ferguson and his family had recently survived a house fire that claimed many of the children’s belongings. “He was desperate to put out the fire to save his children’s belongings, to the point of burning his own toes in the process,” the Post said.

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Emma Bowman

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