NFL linebacker Jaylon Ferguson overdosed on cocaine and fentanyl

An autopsy of Jaylon Ferguson, a linebacker for the NFL who passed away last month at the age of 26, overdosed on cocaine and fentanyl according to The Daily Wire.

Ferguson, who was chosen by the Ravens in 2019 out of Louisiana Tech and played three seasons with them, was discovered dead on June 21. The cause of the death, which is the most recent in a troubling line of incidents involving NFL players dying, was not made public until Friday by the Baltimore Medical Examiner’s Office. Ferguson’s death was caused by “the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine,” the autopsy concluded.

The Baltimore Banner‘s request for comment was declined by the team. Safarrah Lawson, the NFL player’s agent, declined to comment Friday as well: “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.”

The 6-foot-5-inch, 270-pound athlete’s family and friends were planning a celebration of his life on Saturday in Louisiana. A friend who discovered his body informed authorities that he had reportedly been struggling with depression following the recent passing of his grandmother and a fire at his Owings Mills home.

After the incident, Ferguson’s family launched an internet campaign to gather money for his three children and fiancée Doni Smith: “To give you insight on the type of father he was he desperately tried to put out the fire in order to save his children’s possessions to the point where his own toes were burned in the process,” according to the fundraiser page. “Jaylon was a loving father, son, brother, fiancée and an exception[al] athlete. His kindness, big heart and infectious personality will be missed by so many, but his legacy will continue,” his family wrote on Instagram.

The sudden passing of Marion Barber, who was only 38 years old, earlier in the month left the NFL community in disbelief. Although the cause of his passing has not yet been established, Terence Newman, a former Dallas Cowboys teammate, claimed that Barber had been in poor health for some time.

“He wasn’t doing too well … he looked bad … like a different person, like he couldn’t function,” Newman said, according to Sports Illustrated. “When I tell you I was scared, I thought he might swing on me.”

The late player’s father Marion Barber II stated in a recent interview that his son did not want his brain donated for CTE study, despite the fact that it has been suggested that the former running back had the disease.