The circumstances behind the tragic death of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson have been revealed by the medical examiner.
Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson passed away in June at the age of 26, leaving behind three children and a fiancée. Sadly, we now know the cause of his death was a drug overdose.
An autopsy determined that the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine were responsible for Ferguson’s death.
According to the Baltimore Banner, Ferguson had been battling depression while dealing with the death of his grandmother and a fire at his home.
His death was investigated as “questionable” by police. It has now been classified as an accident.
Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson’s cause of death was drug-related
Fentanyl has been at the root of many high-profile overdoses in recent years as it is increasingly cut into cocaine. The results of mixing the two together can be deadly given the high overdose risk the drug exhibits when combined with others.
Ferguson, who was nicknamed “sack daddy,” was drafted by the Ravens out of Louisiana Tech in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He started nine games as a rookie in 2019, then took on more of a rotational and special teams role in 2020 and 2021. He had 67 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two pass deflections and two fumble recoveries in his career.
He was set to enter the fourth and final year of his rookie contract this year.
Before making it to the NFL, Ferguson was the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. He had 17.5 sacks as a senior in college.
Over the weekend, friends and family gathered in Louisiana for a celebration of his life, which ended far too soon.
Ferguson’s death was followed by the passing of former Ravens defensive lineman Tony Siragusa, making for a sad stretch for the Baltimore community.