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Jaylon Ferguson, Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, Died From an Overdose


Jaylon Ferguson, an outdoor linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens who died last month after being found unresponsive in a North Baltimore home, died from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, the authorities said on Friday.

Bruce Goldfarb, spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maryland, said Mr. Ferguson’s death had been ruled accidental.

The Baltimore police previously said that detectives were investigating and had not ruled out the potential for an overdose. Detective Vernon Davis, a police spokesman, said on Friday that the investigation was continuing, and he declined to reply further questions on the case.

The authorities were called to a North Baltimore home on June 21 just before 11:30 p.m. to analyze a “questionable death.” After they arrived, Mr. Ferguson, 26, was unresponsive and paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene. There have been no signs of trauma or foul play, the authorities said on the time.

Chad Steele, a spokesman for the Ravens, said that the team was focused on the positive impact Mr. Ferguson had as a “father, son, fiancé, friend and teammate.”

“It will be inappropriate for us to comment further while we proceed to support his family and teammates, who’re mourning the tragic lack of a loved one and can rejoice his life tomorrow,” Mr. Steele said on Friday.

The Ravens chosen Mr. Ferguson through the third round of the 2019 N.F.L. draft because the eighty fifth overall pick. In his rookie season, he recorded 31 tackles and a couple of.5 sacks, and he contributed to a Ravens defense that ranked third in points allowed. In 2020, in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he recorded a profession high of six tackles.

Mr. Ferguson, a Louisiana native and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, broke the N.C.A.A. record for profession sacks with 45, earning the nickname “Sack Daddy” and beating out a longtime former Ravens player, Terrell Suggs, who posted 44 profession sacks at Arizona State University.

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