The Baltimore Raves have announced the death of running back Alex Collins at the age of 28.
The Ravens did not reveal a cause of death but his death comes just 12 days before his 29th birthday.
The team said in a statement on Monday night: ‘With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Alex Collins.
‘Always quick to greet everyone with a smile, he was a genuinely kind person who carried a special joy and passion wherever he went.
‘May Alex always be remembered for the light and love he brought to so many people in his life.’
Collins played for the Ravens from 2017-18, either side of time at the Seattle Seahawks who drafted him in 2016.
The Seahawks said: ‘Absolutely heartbroken. Prayers are with the Collins family.’
The NFL also tweeted a brief statement, saying: ‘The NFL family mourns the loss of Alex Collins and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, teammates and loved ones.’
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said: ‘Alex was a joy to be around and someone whose light shined brightly. I’ll always remember him for being a great teammate who had an uplifting spirit that impacted everyone he encountered.
‘He was also a smart player who ran with unlimited determination, and he contributed to a lot of our success during his time in Baltimore.
‘We send our heartfelt condolences and support to Alex’s family. May he now rest in God’s eternal peace.’
The Arkansas Razorbacks, who he played for at college, said: ‘We are so saddened by the sudden and tragic passing of Alex Collins. He was a legendary Razorback and an even better person.’
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