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Tony Siragusa, a longtime NFL player and fan favorite, has died aged 55.
Siragusa's broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed his death to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The cause of death has not been made public, but Siragusa reportedly died in his sleep on Monday.
'This is a really sad day,' Ornstein said. 'Tony was way more than my client, he was family. My heart goes out to Tony's loved ones.'
The massive 6-foot-4, 360-pound defensive tackle and New Jersey native was a beloved member of a Baltimore Ravens team that beat the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV at the end of the 2000 NFL season.
Siragusa went on to act in several episodes of HBO's Sopranos and became a sideline reporter for Fox's NFL broadcasts. He also hosted shows on the Discovery Channel and DIY Network.
Siragusa's death came on what was already a tragic day for the Ravens. The death of Jaylon Ferguson, a linebacker for Baltimore, at age 26 was announced earlier in the day.
Tony Siragusa (pictured), the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died at age 55. Siragusa's broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death Wednesday
Tony Siragusa, defensive tackle for the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens, holds the Vince Lombardi trophy as he rides with his wife, Kathy, in a parade in his hometown of Kenilworth, New Jersey on March 4, 2001
The gregarious Siragusa was a fan favorite as a sideline reporter and with other audiences
Siragusa holds The Tampa Tribune newspaper declaring the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV win
'He was the leader, he was our captain,' Siragusa's former Ravens teammate Brad Jackson told NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. 'He meant everything to everyone. It's a sad day. I just talked to him on Sunday. It's terrible.'
Owner Steve Bisciotti called it a 'tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens' and said the club appreciates 'everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff.'
As for Siragusa, the gregarious former University of Pittsburgh star told Howard Stern in 2012 that heart disease runs in his family, adding that his father died of a heart attack at 48.
'If I die tomorrow, I told my wife, just put a smile on my face,' Siragusa told Stern. 'Put a little [Frank] Sinatra on.'
Siragusa's former teammate Jamal Lewis told TMZ that it is 'a sad day to be a Raven.'
Tony Siragusa is survived by his wife Kathy and three children, Samantha, Ava, and Anthony Jr. Tony and Kathy are pictured together at the December 2002 premiere of his film 25th Hour
After his football career, Siragusa became a sideline reporter for Fox's NFL broadcasts. He also hosted shows on the Discovery Channel and DIY Network. He is pictured speaking with New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley before a December 2012 match against the Dallas Cowboys
In a second update to TMZ Sports, the Baltimore Police Dept. says "investigators are not ruling out the possibility of an overdose."
7:18 AM PT -- The Baltimore Police Dept. tells TMZ Sports ... officers responded to a Baltimore residence at around 11:25 PM on Tuesday regarding a report of a "questionable death."
Police say when they arrived on scene, they found Ferguson unresponsive while being treated by medics.
"Ferguson never regained consciousness," cops say, "and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics."
Cops say they do not suspect foul play at this time. They added there were no signs of trauma.
Baltimore Ravens pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson has tragically died at 26 years old, the team announced on Wednesday.
No details surrounding his death were released.
"We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson," the Ravens said in a statement early Wednesday morning.
"He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality."
The team added, "We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon."
Ferguson was picked by the Ravens in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft ... and played in 38 total games for the team the last three seasons, tallying 4.5 sacks and 67 tackles.
Prior to his NFL career, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound athlete was a superstar at Louisiana Tech Univ.
Ferguson recorded 45 total sacks in his career there, making him the NCAA career sacks leader. The school mourned his death in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
"We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality off of it," the university said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
TMZ Sports actually spoke with Ferguson just before he was drafted back in 2019. At the time, he had been mired in a bit of controversy due to an arrest during his freshman year at Louisiana Tech that was preventing him from fully participating in the NFL combine that year.
But, he was kind and humble during our conversation, and explained he was looking at the whole situation from a positive perspective.