Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Ronald Powell has died unexpectedly at just 32 years old.
Powell’s tragic untimely passing was announced by the NFL Players Association.
However, the cause of Powell’s death, along with any other details about his sudden passing, have been withheld from the public.
In a post on X, the NFL Players Association’s retired players account wrote:
“Today we mourn the loss of Ronald Powell – a father, a brother, and a son who was loved and cherished by so many.
“We send comfort to all those who knew Ronald.”
— NFLPA Former Players (@NFLPAFmrPlayers) January 16, 2024
According to social media posts from those who knew him, Powell died on Monday.
None of the posts provided any information regarding the circumstances regarding the athlete’s sudden death, however.
Many social media users argued that vaccine mandates may have played a role in Powell dying so young.
Lemme guess, sudden heart failure? 💉💉💉
— Brently𝕏 (@kopopoulous) January 16, 2024
Powell was also memorialized by former teammates who remembered him not just as a player but also as a father.
Junio Galette, who played with Powell at the University of Florida, took to X to pay tribute to his fallen teammate.
“I Love You Forever till we meet again,” Galette wrote.
“An EXCELLENT FATHER Respected Brother and a Loving Son.
“I am saddened to shared with the rest of the world that Ronald Powell Transitioned Earlier today.
“REST IN POWER RONALD POWELL …..”
I Love You Forever till we meet again an EXCELLENT FATHER Respected Brother and a Loving Son I am saddened to shared with the rest of the world that Ronald Powell Transitioned Earlier today. REST IN POWER RONALD POWELL ….. pic.twitter.com/Rx9dS7J4S5
— SACKMAN LIVES (@JuniorGalette93) January 15, 2024
Powell played for the Gators from 2010-2013.
The Saints selected him in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
After playing 14 games in his rookie season, Powell was released at the start of the 2015 season and eventually ended up on injured reserve.
Powell had stints with the Bears and Seahawks following his time with New Orleans, though he never played for either team.
In 2019, Powell attempted a comeback with the Alliance of American Football.
However, he was released before the league went out of business.