Former NFL star Uche Nwaneri has died suddenly at just 38 years old, according to reports.
Nwaneri was a former NFL offensive lineman who played seven seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
His death was confirmed by the team on Monday.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Uche Nwaneri. pic.twitter.com/UstPAT1i6U
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) January 2, 2023
Nwaneri was found dead at his wife’s West Lafayette, Indiana, home on Friday.
He had reportedly just made the trip up from Georgia, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.
Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello said Nwaneri’s wife found him unresponsive in a bedroom of her house at around 1 am ET and called for help.
Costello said a preliminary investigation determined that the former NFL player died of a possible heart attack.
Uche likely died from an “enlarged heart with sudden heart failure,” as stated by the coroner in their preliminary report.
The coroner noted that there were no signs of foul play.
According to TMZ, Nwaneri had collapsed in a bedroom after suffering a possible heart attack.
Medical personnel tried to save Nwaneri but were unsuccessful.
In recent months, Nwaneri had become known for his controversial pro-vaccine views.
In social media posts, Nwaneri called on the government to introduce “vaccine mandates and vaccine passports.”
He blamed COVID-19 deaths on “unvaccinated selfishness” and demanded that authorities “jail anyone who refuses” to get vaccinated.
“Ok so lets get these vaccine mandates and Vaccine passports up and running ASAP,” he wrote.
“We seeing children DIE daily from the unvaccinated selfishness,” he continued.
“Pregnant women at risk too. PROTECT LIFE. MANDATE THE VACCINE.
“Jail anyone who refuses, to protect LIFE.”
Ok so lets get these vaccine mandates and Vaccine passports up and running ASAP. We seeing children DIE daily from the unvaccinated selfishness. Pregnant women at risk too. PROTECT LIFE. MANDATE THE VACCINE. Jail anyone who refuses, to protect LIFE
— Uche Nwaneri The Observant Lineman♎ #Snydercut (@Chukwu77) September 1, 2021