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Neiron Ball Dies from a Rare Brain Condition at 27

“Neiron was a rare and special spirit with the ability to touch anyone he met.”

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Former NFL linebacker, Neiron Ball, has died on Tuesday at the age of 27 after having an aneurysm rupture due to a rare brain condition almost a year ago. He had been in a medically induced coma, according to his relatives.

The Sports and Entertainment Group, a DC-based agency that represented Ball, said in a statement, “We join the Ball family in thanking the numerous supporters of Neiron and his journey to recovery. Neiron was a rare and special spirit with the ability to touch anyone he met.  His talent was met with relentless drive, no matter the obstacle.”

“Neiron was a 5th round NFL Draft pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2015 and a proud former Florida Gator. Neiron was a loving and cherished father, brother, and teammate. He will be missed dearly,” the statement continued.

According to ESPN, Ball received the diagnosis of a rare brain condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM) while he was playing for Gators. He had to undergo emergency surgery after his doctors discovered a brain bleed before his sophomore year, because of which he missed the 2011 season.

However, Ball made a comeback to the field the following year and played a couple of games for the Gators in 2013. He was later picked by the Oakland Raiders in 2015.

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Gators Football tweeted, “Rest in Peace, Neiron. You’ll be forever remembered and always missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. #GatorsAlways.”

Neiron’s sister Natalie Ball Myricks wrote on Facebook, “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.” Natalie and Neiron’s great-aunt created an online fundraiser that garnered over $136,000 donations.

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