No cause of death was given.
Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson, said in a statement to NFL.com, “The family asks for your prayers and your privacy during this difficult time.”
The Louisiana Tech prospect was drafted by Baltimore in the third round in 2019. In 38 games with the team, including 10 starts, Ferguson had 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks in three seasons.
Nicknamed “Sack Daddy”, in college he broke the NCAA’s all-time record for career sacks with 45.
“The LA Tech family mourns the tragic news this morning of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson,” a statement from Ferguson’s alma mater said.
“We will remember his God-given talents on the pitch and his infectious personality off it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP, 45.”
The Ravens’ misery was further compounded by the death of former player Tony Siragusa, a Super Bowl champion who became a popular sideline reporter after his career ended. A statement from the team said he died unexpectedly. He was 55 years old.
“There was no one like Goose – a warrior on the pitch and a team builder with a generous heart who helped his teammates and the community more than most people know,” said the former coach Brian Billick. “We wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such beautiful and sad news, and our hearts go out to Kathy and the Siragusa family.”