Former New England Patriots star Ron Brace was found dead at his Springfield, Massachusetts home on Saturday. He was 29 years-old.
According to Daily Mail, Brace’s cause of death is not yet known.
A star football player at Boston College, Brace was drafted by the Patriots in 2009 and played 39 times for the team over the next four seasons. He was released from his contract in 2012 and signed with the Washington Redskins, but he never played for them and left the NFL in 2013.
The Patriots released the following statement on Sunday:
“We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning of Ron Brace’s death. Seven years ago, we drafted Ron after his standout career at Boston College.
During his Patriots career, the Springfield native was always eager to volunteer and give back in our communities, especially when those community initiatives were held in Western Mass.
It is difficult to believe that someone so young and in the prime of his life is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron’s family, friends and the many former teammates who will mourn Ron’s passing.”
“We’re shocked and saddened at the loss of our great Ron Brace,” Boston College said in a statement of their own. “The entire BC family’s hearts are heavy. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Please keep Brace’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.