Ronald Powell, a former New Orleans Saints linebacker, has died at 32.

Powell was the top-ranked recruit in his 2010 class.

His cause of death wasn’t disclosed.

“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,” the NFL Players Association’s Former Players wrote on social media.

NBC News reports:

Powell was a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Florida in the 2014 NFL draft, Sports Illustrated reported. He had 11 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss with the Florida Gators, according to the sports magazine.

The team said it was saddened to learn about his death.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” the Gators said on X.

Powell played in 14 games for New Orleans as a rookie, according to Sports Illustrated. After he suffered a knee injury, he was on the practice squads for three teams over the next few years before he exited the league.

WPTV added:

Powell began his football career at Rancho Verde High School in California, where he became a 5-star recruit and top of his class. Upon graduating, he committed to the Florida Gators.

Powell played three seasons for the Gators between 2010 and 2013. He sat out the 2012 season with a torn ACL. Powell was picked up by the Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft and played 14 games for the team.

Powell’s former college football teammate Junior Galette spoke out about his passing on X.

“I love you forever ’til we meet again,” Galette wrote. “An excellent father, respected brother and a loving son.”

Powell signed with the Orlando Apollos before the start of the 2019 season but was waived before the Alliance of American Football ceased operations.

The sports world also mourned the sudden passing of Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic due to a heart attack.

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