Former University of Florida and Oakland Raiders football player Neiron Ball has passed away nearly one year after suffering a brain aneurysm and being placed in a medically induced coma.
Ball’s family confirmed his death on Tuesday. He was 27.
‘We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4:15 am,’ Ball’s sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, wrote in a Facebook post. ‘The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations, and immense support of Neiron and his recovery. Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother, and teammate. Neiron has transitioned to a place of peace.’
Neiron Ball briefly played with the Oakland Raiders in 2015, but later suffered a brain aneurysm and was placed into a medically induced coma in September of 2018. He passed away on Tuesday, according to his family. Ball was 27-years-old.
A star outside linebacker at Florida between 2011 and 2014, Ball was diagnosed with a brain arteriovenous malformation, which is a condition that can cause blood vessels to rupture in the brain.
He was previously hospitalized in 2011 after collapsing during a practice, and later needed surgery to repair a brain bleed.
Ball recovered and went on to become a fifth-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but suffered a knee injury as a rookie and was placed on injured reserve before the following season.
Then, last September, Ball had his brain aneurysm and never recovered.
According to TMZ, Ball’s sister said his health had been deteriorating for some time.
‘Rest in Peace, Neiron,’ read a tweet from the Gators’ account. ‘You’ll be forever remembered and always missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.’