Former NFL midfielder Gino Hayes died at the age of 33 on Monday, two years after he was diagnosed with liver disease.
Hayes played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL, with his final season in 2014.
he is She told ESPN last month He was on a waiting list for a liver transplant and last week was transferred to hospice care.
Hayes believes that the pain medication taken during his NFL career contributed to the condition.
“The first diagnosis they gave me was alcoholic cirrhosis,” Hayes told ESPN.
“But when we got deeper into it, it just became a chronic liver disease, because I don’t drink like this.
“If I actually drink, it’s like wine or something. But my body is different.”
The presidents said they were “deeply saddened” by his death.
“Gino was a beloved teammate and often the first player to volunteer his time to our efforts in the community,” read a statement.
“He has visited schools frequently and has a great ability to communicate with children.
“Losing him at such a young age is heartbreaking.”