The NFL community was shocked and saddened to learn on June 22 that Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had unexpectedly passed away at the age of 26.
As Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk noted, Baltimore Police said at the time that there were no signs of foul play or trauma related to Ferguson’s death. More information has been revealed.
According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, medical examiners said on Friday that Ferguson died from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine. A Maryland Department of Health spokesperson added that Ferguson’s June 21 death has been ruled an accident.
A funeral service for the 2019 third-round draft selection will be held in Bains, La., on Saturday. Per PFT’s Michael David Smith, that’s where Ferguson was born and raised.
“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 Ravens said in a statement shared by media outlets on Friday. “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 [Saturday].”