American sports fans have been left reeling after the tragic deaths of a 26-year-old NFL star and gun athlete turned popular TV personality.
America and the Baltimore Ravens were plunged into mourning following the sudden deaths of Super Bowl-winning former NFL star Tony Siragusa and current defensive player Jaylon Ferguson.
Siragusa, a defensive tackle on the Ravens team which beat the New York Giants in the Super Bowl in 2000, passed away at the age of 55.
His death was confirmed by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Siragusa spent six years with the Colts between 1990 and 1996 before finishing his career in Baltimore. He then spent over a decade as a sideline TV analyst for Fox Sports.
“The Goose squeezed 200 fun-loving years into 55!!” Irsay wrote on Twitter, referring to Siragusa by his popular nickname.
“He was one of the most physically strongest players I have ever seen in 50 years.”
The cause of Siragusa’s death was not immediately known.
Former teammate Ray Lewis said: “This is a tough one. I love Goose like a brother. From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever.”
News of Siragusa’s passing came just hours after the Ravens confirmed the death of outside linebacker Ferguson at the age of 26.
“We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the Ravens said in a statement.
“He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon,” the club added.
Ferguson’s cause of death was not disclosed.