LONGTIME Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Uche Nwaneri has reportedly passed away.
Nwaneri, 38, was reportedly found unresponsive in an upstairs bedroom by his wife at around 1 am on Friday, December 30, per West Lafayette police via the Lafayette Journal and Courier.
He had reportedly driven up to Indiana from Georgia where he collapsed at his wife’s home.
The report states that per County Coroner Carrie Costello, no signs of foul play were found during his autopsy on Monday.
A “possible heart attack” may be to blame, although this has yet to be confirmed.
Following the news, the son of Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Tony, tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Uche Nwaneri. @Chukwu77 played 7 seasons with the @Jaguars, 2007-2013, and forged a strong bond with the Jags fans that’s remained to this day. On behalf of the Jaguars organization and my family, our thoughts are with Uche’s family + friends at this terrible time.”
Nwaneri spent seven seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being picked in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Purdue.
Between 2008 and 2013 he was a perennial starter at guard, protecting quarterbacks such as Chad Henne, Blaine Gabbert, and David Garrard.
Cut in 2014, Nwaneri subsequently signed for the Dallas Cowboys but failed to make the final roster.
According to his Instagram, he went on to own the Anchor Down Grille and the Anchor bar and tattoo studio in Atlanta, as well as 77 Sports Consulting.
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Nwaneri also ran The Observant Lineman YouTube channel where he covered sports, pop culture, and gaming.
He was also active on Instagram and, particularly, his Twitter page where he discussed everything from his sporting opinions to politics.
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