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Beloved Ravens star Tony Siragusa dies ‘in his sleep’ at age 55

Tony Siragusa, Beloved Ravens Actor, Dies ‘In His Sleep’ At Age 55

  • Tony Siragusa, longtime NFL player and fan favorite, has died aged 55
  • A cause of death has not been released, but he reportedly died in his sleep
  • Siragusa, who weighed 360 pounds, was known as a ruthless defensive tackle for the Colts and Ravens and helped Baltimore to the Super Bowl XXXV victory in 2001
  • He later became a sideline reporter for Fox and an actor on HBO’s Sopranos
  • His death marked an already tragic day for the Ravens, who lost linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, 26, in what police are calling a “dubious death.”
  • Police are not ruling out the possibility of an overdose death in Ferguson’s case

Tony Siragusa, a longtime NFL player and fan favorite, has died aged 55.

Siragusa broadcasting agent Jim Ornstein confirmed his death to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The cause of death has not been released, but Siragusa reportedly died in his sleep on Monday.

“This is a very sad day,” Ornstein said. “Tony was much more than my client, he was family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.”

The massive six-foot-tall defensive tackle and a native of New Jersey was a beloved member of a Baltimore Ravens team that defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV at the end of the 2000 NFL season. Siragusa then played in several episodes of HBO’s Sopranos and became a sideline reporter for Fox’s NFL broadcasts.

Tony Siragusa (pictured), the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a solid Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died aged 55.  Siragusa's broadcaster, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death Wednesday

Tony Siragusa (pictured), the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a solid Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died aged 55. Siragusa’s broadcaster, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death Wednesday

Tony Siragusa, defensive tackle for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, holds the Vince Lombardi trophy as he rides with his wife, Kathy, in a parade in his hometown of Kenilworth, New Jersey on March 4, 2001

Tony Siragusa, defensive tackle for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, holds the Vince Lombardi trophy as he rides with his wife, Kathy, in a parade in his hometown of Kenilworth, New Jersey on March 4, 2001

FOX sideline reporter Tony Siragusa during warmups of the New York Jets 14 to 12 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005

TV personality Tony Siragusa at DIRECTV's Fifth Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at Victory Park on Feb. 5, 2011 in Dallas

The sociable Siragusa was a fan favorite as a sideline reporter and other audiences

Siragusa holds The Tampa Tribune newspaper proclaiming the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV victory

Siragusa holds The Tampa Tribune newspaper proclaiming the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV victory

“He was the leader, he was our captain,” Brad Jackson, Siragusa’s former Ravens teammate, told NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. “He meant everything to everyone. It’s a sad day. I spoke to him on Sunday. It’s terrible.’

Siragusa’s death marked an already tragic day for the Ravens, who lost 26-year-old linebacker Jaylon Ferguson on Tuesday. Baltimore police have not yet released a cause, but said Wednesday they found him at a local residence at 11:26 p.m. Tuesday while responding to a report of a “dubious death.”

Police are not ruling out the possibility of death from an overdose in Ferguson’s case.

As for Siragusa, the sociable former University of Pittsburgh star told Howard Stern in 2012 that heart disease runs in his family, adding that his father died of a heart attack at age 48.

“If I die tomorrow, I told my wife, just put a smile on my face,” Siragusa told Stern. ‘Do a little’ [Frank] Sinatra on.’

Siragusa’s former teammate Jamal Lewis told TMZ that it is ‘a sad day to be a Raven’.

Not out of college, Siragusa hit the Indianapolis Colts in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for eating blockers to allow other defenders to attack ball carriers.

The man known as “Goose” later signed with the Ravens in 1997, joining what would become one of the most feared defenses in NFL history.

Siragusa leaves his wife Kathy and three children, Samantha, Ava and Anthony Jr.

The man known as 'Goose' signed with the Ravens in 1997, joining what would become one of the most feared defenses in NFL history.

Siragusa, who had not yet graduated from college, fell under the spell of the Indianapolis Colts in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for eating blockers to allow other defenders to attack ball carriers.

Not out of college, Siragusa hit the Indianapolis Colts in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for eating blockers to allow other defenders to attack ball carriers. The man known as ‘Goose’ later signed with the Ravens in 1997, joining what would become one of the most feared defenses in NFL history.

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