The death on Wednesday of the 28-year-old son of legendary NFL player Ray Lewis was due to an accidental drug overdose, according to a report.
Ray Lewis Jr was found unresponsive at a home in Casselberry, 13 miles north of downtown Orlando, around 5 p.m.
Police and paramedics found Lewis Jr lying naked in a room between a bed and a wall. He wasn’t breathing.
One friend was performing CPR, while another was screaming for Narcan – the chemical used to reverse overdoses.
In the bedroom, according to TMZ, was a blue pill near Lewis’ body, unofficially identified as Alprazolam – a sedative used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. They also found a used needle and a small plastic bag inside an empty beer can.
Casselberry Police Capt. Michael Schaefer said in a statement: “One of our officers used his issued narcan on Lewis, but his condition has not changed.”
Ray Lewis Jr, 28, was found dead in a home near Orlando, Florida on Wednesday afternoon
Former NFL player Ray Lewis, right, and his son Ray Lewis III watch the Miami Heat game in 2013
The Seminole County Fire Department transported Lewis from the South Sunset Drive property to Advent Health Hospital in Altamonte Springs, where he was pronounced dead.
Ray Lewis, his father, is a former NFL star who played for the Baltimore Ravens for his entire 17-year career.
He is widely considered the greatest center linebacker in NFL history.
Like his son, he attended the University of Miami and played college football for the Miami Hurricanes.
Lewis Jr. played for the Miami Hurricanes, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and Virginia Union Panthers during his college career.
However, he failed to become a college football superstar and had recently been working on his music career.
Lewis III played for the Miami Hurricanes, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, and Virginia Union Panthers while in college
Ray Lewis III, right, poses for photos with his father, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis
His last social media post was in December, where he posed at his brother’s baby shower.
He wrote: ‘GREAT UNCLE RAY RAY!!! I’m here for the long term boss!! New chapter! New beginnings!’
Lewis III’s younger brother Rahsaan has alluded on social media to his brother’s mental health issues.
“I really can’t believe I’m even typing this but RIP big bro,” he wrote.
“A true angel, I pray that you are at peace now because I know how much you’ve been hurt. I haven’t and never will have the words man because this pain here…I love you I love you i love you.
‘Your niece is missing, but she will hear from you again and again, watch over us all, big bruh, be our guardian, I promise I’ll make you smile and proud.’
Virginia Union associate head coach Diego Ryland told TMZ: “A great young man and a better teammate.
“The entire Virginia Union University community is praying for the family as they come to terms with the loss of Ray.”
Mark James, Lewis’ coach at Virginia Union, wrote: “Young man, it was a pleasure to bring you to Virginia Union.
‘Ray Ray God bless your family. Tall young man.
Former college football player Ray Lewis III has died aged 28. His cause of death, which was announced on Thursday, has not been confirmed.
Tributes poured in for the former college football player, who had branched out to start a music career
Lewis III attended Lake Mary High School in Florida, where he played on their track and football teams
Lewis III attended Lake Mary High School in Florida, where he played on their track and football teams.
During his high school career, he rushed for 1,898 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. During his senior season, he rushed for 676 yards and scored four touchdowns.
He then moved to the University of Miami in 2013 where he joined the Miami Hurricanes football team as a running back.
After failing to make waves on the Miami soccer team, he transferred to Coastal Carolina University in 2015.
In January 2016, while at the University of South Carolina, he was arrested for sexual assault.
He was indicted by a South Carolina grand jury for third-degree felony sexual assault and expelled from the varsity football team.
But months later, the allegations were dropped following a lengthy investigation by law enforcement officials in South Carolina.
Lewis III had recently worked on his music career after trying to follow in his father’s footsteps in the NFL and play college football.
Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis. He is considered the greatest center linebacker in NFL history.
“We had a very strong feeling from the start that this young man was guilty of nothing,” his lawyer, Tony Brittain, said at the time.
“I’m just relieved that prosecutors looked into the matter so thoroughly and came to the same conclusion that this case shouldn’t go forward.”
Court records from the investigation showed numerous discrepancies in the allegations.
In 2021, Lewis III signed with the Wyoming Mustangs of the Indoor Soccer Champions League.