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Ravens player Jaylon Ferguson died from fentanyl and cocaine, medical examiner’s office says

Ravens Player Jaylon Ferguson Died From Fentanyl And Cocaine, Medical Examiner'S Office Says

Jaylon Ferguson, the Ravens out linebacker found unresponsive at his North Baltimore home last month, died from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, according to a spokesman for the chief medical examiner’s office.

Agency spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said the death was ruled an accident after the 26-year-old’s autopsy.

Goldfarb said there is no written autopsy report available yet, but the agency aims to complete a 90% within 90 days.

Baltimore police previously said that investigators had not ruled out the possibility of an overdose, and that there were no signs of trauma or foul play.

Details Police spokesman Vernon Davis said Friday that the investigation is ongoing. He did not respond to questions about whether the agency had identified a suspect or criminal wrongdoing.

In a statement, the Ravens said: “Our priority is focused on the person who was Jalon and who made a positive impact on so many people as a father, son, fiancé, friend and teammate. It’s inappropriate for us to comment further.” while we continue to support his family and teammates who are grieving the tragic loss of a loved one and celebrate his life tomorrow.”

His fiancé, Donnie Smith, declined to comment on the nature of his death on Friday. He said that he should be remembered as a record breaking college player, a great father and a great partner.

Smith told The Baltimore Sun in an interview that he was a quiet guy who would “make anyone take their shirt off.” He hoped to lead a “simple life” after his NFL career, he said, dreaming of a farm and coaching football.

“Xylon definitely had the biggest heart I could have ever imagined,” she said. “He would meet people, and they would immediately become family.”

According to an Instagram post by Smith, a viewing and funeral service is scheduled for Ferguson on Saturday in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

Ferguson’s family issued a statement following his death, calling it “one of the darkest moments in our lives.” It demanded privacy during this “tough time”.

An online fundraiser for Ferguson’s three children described an earlier home fire that resulted in the loss of some personal belongings. Ferguson “tried desperately to put out the fire to save his children’s property to the point where he burned his own toes in the process.

“Jaylon was a provider to his family and in times like these we have to come together and help as much as we can,” the statement said.

Ferguson, who was entering his fourth NFL season in Baltimore, was set to report to training camp at Owings Mills in late July. A third-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, where he earned the nickname “Sack Daddy,” Ferguson held the Football Bowl subdivision record for career sacks with 45.

In his 38 games and 10 starts with the Ravens, Ferguson had 67 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and three force fumbles.

The Ravens’ coach and teammates, who said Ferguson was ready for a successful season, described him as genuine and supportive.

“Jaylon was a good-hearted, gentleman who loved his family and his team,” coach John Harbaugh said in a statement released by the team last month. “She was a pleasure to talk to and be around every day. You’ve always wanted to see ‘Ferg’ and talk to her. Our prayers and our help go out to her family. Our hearts are with her soul. RIP Jaylon.”

Baltimore police previously said officers responded to reports of a suspicious death at around 11:30 p.m. on June 21 at a home in the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue in Baltimore’s Harwood neighborhood.

Police found Ferguson unresponsive and was receiving treatment from medics, police said. Police spokeswoman Nikki Fenoy said she never regained consciousness and died on the spot.

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